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Exercise and Quality of Life
2011, vol. 3, iss. 2, pp. 19-30
article language: English
document type: Research

Physical activity of Greek older adults aged 65 and over
aDepartment of Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece
bDepartment of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Greece

e-mail: michal@phyed.duth.gr

Abstract

Physical activity (PA) levels of community-dwelling adults aged 60 and over were assessed in Greece, in order to determine age and gender effects. PA was assessed using the PA Scale for the Elderly in 591 persons (287 males and 304 females), (Ì=74.04, SD=5.46). Participants were assigned into two age groups: A=65-75 and B=76-86 years. According to two way ANOVA, no significant differences were reported in total PA between men and women (p>.05) even though a significant age effect was reported with participants in Group A having higher scores than participants in Group B (p<.001). Men reported greater participation in recreational activities of moderate intensity (p<.001) and in exercises for muscular strength and endurance (p<.05). Women were more active in PA related to household (p<.001). Age effects resulted in favor of older adults in Group A 61-70 years when compared to older adults in Group B for walking, for recreational activities and for housework (p<.001). In conclusion, both gender and age affect PA participation of older adults in Greece.

Keywords

elderly; older adults; PASE; PA levels; age and gender effects

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