Exploring the new participant experience and effect of Lincolnshire Vitality class programme

Middleton, Geoff and Hambrook, Robyn and Bishop, Daniel (2016) Exploring the new participant experience and effect of Lincolnshire Vitality class programme. Technical Report. University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Introduction: The study aim was to examine the effect of ‘Vitality’: a community-based group physical activity programme for older adults and explore user experiences.
Methods: An intervention group (n16), representing new Vitality members (55-79yrs), and a non-intervention control group (n16) were assessed before and after an 8-week period on a range of 1) physical and functional measures validated for use with older adults and 2) psychological measures: self-efficacy for exercise, physical activity enjoyment and the quality of life. Semi-structured focus groups explored facilitators and barriers of attending.
Results: There was a between group difference (interaction) and the intervention group the improved test performance on the 6-minute walk; 430.5 (±38.1) to 473.5m (±37), 8-foot up and go; 6.5 (±1) to 6.0s (±1.1), the chair sit and reach; -2.3 (±11.2) to 0.6cm (±10), (all p<0.05). No differences were found with all other outcomes. Key themes highlighted facilitators; unique and bespoke, retirement transition, perceived improvements, offer of support networks. Barriers were; misconceptions and assumptions, inconsistent opportunities, accessibility and availability of classes.
Conclusion: Participation in the community-based programme led to several physical and functional benefits for older adults. Importantly, the programme did not regress any aspects of physical or psychological health

Keywords:community-based, physical activity, older adults
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B120 Physiology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:32111
Deposited On:23 Oct 2018 20:13

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