Exploring the new participant experience and effect of Lincolnshire’s ‘Vitality’; a community-based physical activity programme for older adults

Middleton, Geoff and Hambrook, Robyn and Bishop, Daniel and Crust, Lee and Broom, David (2018) Exploring the new participant experience and effect of Lincolnshire’s ‘Vitality’; a community-based physical activity programme for older adults. In: The 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress, 15-17th October 2018, Queens Conference centre, London.

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Abstract

Introduction: Physical activity (PA) benefits older adults. 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, representing new Vitality members (n16, mean age: 69.5 ± 6.5 years), and a waiting list control group (n16, mean age: 63±6.3 years) were tested before and after an 8-week period on a range of 1) physical measures: body mass, body mass index, resting heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, 6-minute walk (6MWT), 30-second sit to stand, 30-second arm curl, 8-foot up and go (8UG), chair sit and reach (CSR), back scratch, and 2) psychological measures: self-efficacy for exercise, physical activity enjoyment and the quality of life. Semi-structured focus groups were undertaken to explore the facilitators and barriers of attending.

Results: There was an interaction between groups and from baseline to 8-weeks in the intervention group the following measures improved: body mass, 73.3 (±8.6) to 71.8kg (±8.5); 6MWT, 430.5 (±38.1) to 473.5m (±37); 8UG, 6.5 (±1) to 6.0s (±1.1); the CSR, -2.3 (±11.2) to 0.6cm (±10) (all p<0.05). No differences were found with the 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 Vitality led to several physical and functional benefits for older adults. Importantly, the programme did not regress any aspects of physical or psychological health.

Keywords:older people, exercise, 6 min walk, thematic analysis
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 14:14

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