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“There’s More to Life than Just Walking”: Older Women’s Ways of Staying Healthy and Happy

Lynette Adamson and Glennys Parker

This study assessed a range of activities reported by older women in Australia. Women between 75 and 81 years of age (N = 3,955) from the older cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health responded to a request in a self-report survey for additional information concerning their health. Of these 3,955 women, 509 reported taking part in a variety of activities. Qualitative analysis of responses identified 55 coded categories of activities that were subsequently classified into four major themes: physical activities, creative pursuits, lifestyle, and social interaction. The data show that these older women are taking part in a wide range of activities.

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Walking Up to One Hour Per Week Maintains Mobility as Older Women Age: Findings from an Australian Longitudinal Study

Bonnie Field, Tom Cochrane, Rachel Davey, and Yohannes Kinfu

The aim of this study was to identify determinants of walking and whether walking maintained mobility among women as they transition from their mid-70s to their late 80s. We used 12 years of follow-up data (baseline 1999) from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (n = 10,322). Fifteen determinants of walking were included in the analysis and three indicators of mobility. Longitudinal data analyses techniques were employed. Thirteen of the 15 determinants were significant predictors of walking. Women in their mid-70s who walked up to 1 hr per week were less likely to experience loss of mobility in very old age, including reduced likelihood of using a mobility aid. Hence, older women who do no walking should be encouraged to walk to maintain their mobility and their independence as they age, particularly women in their 70s and 80s who smoke, are overweight, have arthritis, or who have had a recent fall.

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Reasons Why Older Adults Engage in Physical Exercise. Comparative Study Eastern Europe Versus Southern Europe

José M. Cancela, Karina Pereira, Irimia Mollinedo, Manuela Ferreira, and Pedro Bezerra

.J. , & Dobson , A.J. ( 2010 ). What is a healthy body mass index for women in their seventies? Results from the Australian longitudinal study on women’s health . Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biomedical Sciences & Medical Sciences, 65 ( 8 ), 847 – 853 . PubMed ID: 20413529 doi:10.1093/gerona/glq058

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Does Role Identity Mediate the Influence of Motivational Regulations on Physical Activity Behavior Among People 55 Years or Older?

Steve Amireault and Mary Katherine Huffman

costs and hospitalisations in older Australian women: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health . Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21 ( 6 ), 604 – 608 . Perras , M.G.M. , Strachan , S.M. , & Fortier , M.S. ( 2015