Dietary intake and physical activity are lifestyle behaviors that are learned, developed, and practiced throughout an individual’s lifetime. These lifestyle behaviors have a profound role on health and quality of life—with late-life changes still resulting in notable improvements. Despite well documented benefits of behavior change, such changes are extremely challenging. The purpose of this study is to better understand from the perspective of older adults themselves, the factors that may influence their likelihood of making lifestyle changes. Participants were recruited two primary care clinics. 104 older adults ranging in age from 65 to 95 were included. Participants were interviewed about their motivations and plans to change diet and physical activity behaviors following a routine primary care visit. All interviews were transcribed and transcripts were analyzed using a line-by-line coding approach. Older adults reported that their likelihood of making a lifestyle change related to perceptions of old age, personal motivation, and perceived confidence in the ability to make effective changes. These findings suggest the importance of creating more positive images of old age and tailoring health promotion efforts to older adults’ motivations and confidence in their ability to make behavior changes.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Community Health|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), funded by the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research (Grant Number TL1 RR033172). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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- Diet and physical activity
- Health promotion
- Older adults
- Qualitative research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health