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Perspectives and Experiences Related to Physical Activity of Elders in Long-term Care Settings.
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PMID:  22715114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This qualitative study investigated individual and situational factors influencing physical activity (PA) practices of elders in residential care/assisted living (RC/AL) communities. This article describes the results of focus group interviews involving 47 residents across six RC/AL settings. Thematic analysis revealed six themes: Staying Active, Past PA Experiences, Value of PA, Barriers to PA, Strategies to Facilitate PA, and Support Needs to Promote PA. Staying active meant walking indoors and out, attending chair exercise programs, performing professionally-prescribed home exercises, and utilizing available exercise equipment. Past PA experiences shaped current preferences and practices. Participants agreed exercise helped maintain physical functioning but recounted cognitive and situational barriers to PA. Lack of dedicated exercise space and short corridors hampered efforts to stay active. Participants wished for individualized home exercise programs and supervised exercise sessions. Future research should examine the extent to which the physical environment and PA programming within RC/AL communities impact elders' PA.
Lorraine J Phillips; Marcia Flesner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-5474     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
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