Aging Expectations are Associated With Physical Activity and Health Among Older Adults of Low Socioeconomic Status

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Shilpa Dogra
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The purpose of the current study was to determine whether aging expectations (AE) are associated with physical activity participation and health among older adults of low socioeconomic status (SES). A cross-sectional analysis of a sample of 170 older adults (mean age 70.9 years) was conducted. Data on AE, physical activity, and health were collected using the 12 item Expectations Regarding Aging instrument, the Healthy Physical Activity Participation Questionnaire, and the Short Form-36, respectively. Adjusted linear regression models showed significant associations between AE and social functioning, energy/vitality, mental health, and self-rated general health, as well as physical activity. These results suggest that AE may help to better explain the established association between low SES, low physical activity uptake, and poor health outcomes among older adults.

Dogra is with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Al-Sahab, Manson, and Tamim are with the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Address author correspondence to Shilpa Dogra at shilpa.dogra@uoit.ca.

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