Older People & Physical Activity

Older Person (2)Older people are bombarded with advice to keep active.

A cross sectional survey of 3499 Irish people aged 65 and over shows that nearly 70% of respondents manage at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity five days a week (Age and Ageing 2015, doi:10.1093/ageing/afv042).

It also shows that the variables most strongly related to activity were not physical health or physical environment but:

  • Hours spent sitting per day;
  • Sex;
  • Functional ability;
  • Mental health; and
  • Employment status.

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