Predictors of participation in physical activity for community-dwelling elderly Italians

Cinzia Giuli, Roberta Papa, Eugenio Mocchegiani, Fiorella Marcellini

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This paper analyses variables associated with community-dwelling older people's engagement in physical activity (PA). Data were examined using the results from the European ZINCAGE study on 306 community-dwelling Italians aged 65. years and over. The lifestyle questionnaire was used to evaluate the data. Levels of regular/non-regular PA were based on ≥1. h of weekly exercise. Logistic regression analysis was used to analyze the predictors of PA. Participants reported the time they had spent per week engaging in PA over the last year. Overall, 56.2% of them engaged in regular physical exercise. PA levels decreased in subjects with probable cognitive decline, depression and high perceived stress levels (p<0.001). Lower age, a lower body mass index (BMI), better health status, absence of depression, being married, were all associated with regular PA. The importance of monitoring PA in the elderly emerged, in particular in those having some certain social-demographic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Depression
  • Health status
  • Healthy aging
  • Life-style
  • Physical activity
  • ZINCAGE Project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology

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