Prevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in ireland.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/345127
Title:
Prevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in ireland.
Authors:
Murtagh, Elaine M; Murphy, Marie H; Murphy, Niamh M; Woods, Catherine; Nevill, Alan M.; Lane, Aoife
Abstract:
The public health challenges associated with rapid population ageing are likely to be exacerbated by poor physical activity levels. The purpose of this study was to identify correlates of physical inactivity in a population-representative sample of older adults in Ireland. This paper reports a secondary analysis of data from 4892 adults aged 60+ from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). TILDA includes an assessment of the mental and physical health, and social and financial circumstances of participants assessed in a home interview and self-completion questionnaire. Chi squared statistics and forced entry logistic regression were used to identify factors associated with physical inactivity. Females were over twice as likely to be inactive as their male counterparts (Odds Ratio 2.2). Increasing old age was associated with inactivity among males and females. Those who reported above secondary level education, no reported falls in the last year and no fear of falling were less likely to be physically inactive. While older adults who noted poor/fair self-reported health, that they did not look after grandchildren, did not own a car or did not attend a course were also more likely to be inactive than those who reported positively for these items. Gender displayed a strong but often contrasting influence on factors that affect physical activity among older adults. Among females, living alone or in a rural area, retirement, fair/poor emotional health and activity being limited by illness were all significantly associated with inactivity. While cohabiting, being employed and residing in an urban area were related to low levels of activity in males. Our findings identify specific groups of the older Irish population who may be at particular risk of physical inactivity and thereby the associated physiological and psychological hazards. These results can support the development of tailored interventions to promote healthy ageing.
Citation:
Prevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in ireland. 2015, 10 (2):e0118293 PLoS ONE
Publisher:
PLOS
Journal:
PloS one
Issue Date:
11-Feb-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/345127
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0118293
PubMed ID:
25671621
Additional Links:
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118293
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1932-6203
Appears in Collections:
Sport, Exercise and Health Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorMurtagh, Elaine Men
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Marie Hen
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Niamh Men
dc.contributor.authorWoods, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.en
dc.contributor.authorLane, Aoifeen
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-24T10:23:21Zen
dc.date.available2015-02-24T10:23:21Zen
dc.date.issued2015-02-11en
dc.identifier.citationPrevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in ireland. 2015, 10 (2):e0118293 PLoS ONEen
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203en
dc.identifier.pmid25671621en
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0118293en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/345127en
dc.description.abstractThe public health challenges associated with rapid population ageing are likely to be exacerbated by poor physical activity levels. The purpose of this study was to identify correlates of physical inactivity in a population-representative sample of older adults in Ireland. This paper reports a secondary analysis of data from 4892 adults aged 60+ from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). TILDA includes an assessment of the mental and physical health, and social and financial circumstances of participants assessed in a home interview and self-completion questionnaire. Chi squared statistics and forced entry logistic regression were used to identify factors associated with physical inactivity. Females were over twice as likely to be inactive as their male counterparts (Odds Ratio 2.2). Increasing old age was associated with inactivity among males and females. Those who reported above secondary level education, no reported falls in the last year and no fear of falling were less likely to be physically inactive. While older adults who noted poor/fair self-reported health, that they did not look after grandchildren, did not own a car or did not attend a course were also more likely to be inactive than those who reported positively for these items. Gender displayed a strong but often contrasting influence on factors that affect physical activity among older adults. Among females, living alone or in a rural area, retirement, fair/poor emotional health and activity being limited by illness were all significantly associated with inactivity. While cohabiting, being employed and residing in an urban area were related to low levels of activity in males. Our findings identify specific groups of the older Irish population who may be at particular risk of physical inactivity and thereby the associated physiological and psychological hazards. These results can support the development of tailored interventions to promote healthy ageing.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPLOSen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118293en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to PloS oneen
dc.subjectElderlyen
dc.subjectMental healthen
dc.subjectPsychiatryen
dc.subjectAdultsen
dc.subjectIrelanden
dc.subjectEducational attainmenten
dc.subjectAgingen
dc.subjectIrish peopleen
dc.subjectEducationen
dc.titlePrevalence and correlates of physical inactivity in community-dwelling older adults in ireland.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPloS oneen

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