Journal article

Older Adult Perceptions of Participation in Group- and Home-Based Falls Prevention Exercise

Lauren M Robins, KD Hill, Lesley Day, Lindy Clemson, Caroline Finch, Terry Haines

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity | HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

This paper describes why older adults begin, continue, and discontinue group- and home-based falls prevention exercise and benefits and barriers to participation. Telephone surveys were used to collect data for 394 respondents. Most respondents reported not participating in group- (66%) or home-based (78%) falls prevention exercise recently. Reasons for starting group-based falls prevention exercise include health benefits (23-39%), health professional recommendation (13-19%), and social interaction (4-16%). They discontinued because the program finished (44%) or due to poor health (20%). Commonly reported benefits were social interaction (41-67%) and health (15-31%). Disliking groups was th..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Postgraduate Award


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award [246750 to L.M.R.]. This work was also supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (project ID 546282) in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health, a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship [T.H.] and a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship [565900 to C.F.F.]. We thank Professor Leon Flicker for his input to the selection of the cognitive screening measure, Noelene Deveson for coordinating the survey, and our other research assistants who collected the data.