Physical activity in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods study

Harris, Katherine R. (2020) Physical activity in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods study. Masters thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study examined changes in PA participation and determinants in older adults throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 110 older adults (76 females and 34 males [73±5 years]) completed validated questionnaires to measure demographic characteristics and PA participation over 7 days. A sub-sample of 59 participants completed semi-structured interviews. Inductive thematic analysis was used to explore changes to PA during COVID-19. Extent of self-isolation, garden ownership, cohabitation status and external practical support did not significantly affect PA volume. Poor psychological wellbeing and lack of resources and/or knowledge contributed to 53% of participants reporting a decrease in PA throughout lockdown. Participation in walking and gardening PA had increased, and technology-based fitness resources facilitated PA, including in those who previously performed no deliberate PA. Overall findings indicate that home-based resources and education surrounding PA may help older adults become more active during social isolation, whether regularly or during a pandemic.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 12:47
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 12:47
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5519

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