Expectation for Physical Activity to Minimize Dementia Risk and Physical Activity Level Among Older Adults

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This study aimed to examine whether the expectation for physical activity to minimize dementia risk was associated with physical activity level and whether this association was moderated by perceived high value of dementia prevention among older adults. Participants (n = 2,824) completed questionnaires and wore accelerometers to measure their average daily steps and levels of physical activity. The expectation for physical activity to minimize dementia risk, perceived value of dementia prevention, and potential covariates (expectation of other desirable outcomes, demographics, and health-related factors) were also measured. The main effects of the expectation and perceived value and their interaction were not significant for physical activity variables in generalized linear models. These findings indicate that expecting physical activity in minimizing dementia risk might not be sufficient to influence physical activity behavior regardless of perceived high value of dementia prevention among older adults.

Ka. Harada is with the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan. Sa. Lee, Su. Lee, Bae, and Shimada are with the Department of Preventive Gerontology, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Obu, Japan. Anan is with the Faculty of Wellness Studies, Kwassui Women’s University, Nagasaki, Japan. Ke. Harada is with the School for Health and Sport Sciences, Chukyo University, Toyota, Japan.

Address author correspondence to Kazuhiro Harada at harada@harbor.kobe-u.ac.jp.
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