Physical activity prevented functional decline among frail community-living elderly subjects in an international observational study

Landi, Francesco and Onder, Graziano and Carpenter, G. Iain and Cesari, Matteo and Soldato, Manuel and Bernabei, Roberto (2007) Physical activity prevented functional decline among frail community-living elderly subjects in an international observational study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 60 (5). pp. 518-524. ISSN 0895-4356 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Objectives: The aims of the study were to describe the prevalence of physical activity in a sample of older adults in home care in Europe and to examine the relationship between physical activity and incident disability. Study Design and Setting: Study population consisted of a random sample of 2,005 subjects aged 65 or older admitted to home care programs in 11 European Home Health Agencies who participated in AgeD in Home Care project. Participants who reported spending 2 or more hours of physical activities in last 3 days were defined physically active. Disability performing activities of daily living was defined as the need of assistance in one or more of the following ADL eating, dressing, transferring, mobility in bed, personal hygiene, and toileting. Results: More than 50% of participants were physically active. During a median follow-up of 12 months, 370 subjects (15%) became disabled. After adjusting for age, gender, and other possible confounding variables, active subjects were significantly less likely to become disabled compared to those reporting no or very low-intensity physical activity (OR, 0.67; 95% CI 0.53-0.84). Conclusions: These findings support the possibility that physical activity has an independent effect on functional autonomy among frail and old people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: physical activity; disability; frail elderly; home care; MDS-HC; AdHOC project
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 11:21
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 08:37
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2850 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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