Gait speed, quality of life, and sedentary time are associated with steps per day in community-dwelling older adults with osteoporosis

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Title translated into German:Gehgeschwindigkeit, Lebensqualität und passiv verbrachte Zeit sind bei an Osteoporose erkrankten selbstständig lebenden älteren Erwachsenen mit der Schrittzahl pro Tag verbunden
Author:Dohrn, Ing-Mari; Hagströmer, Maria; Hellénius, Mai-Lis; Ståhle, Agneta
Published in:Journal of aging and physical activity
Published:24 (2016), 1, S. 22-31, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1063-8652, 1543-267X
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Identification number:PU201604002174

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Aim: To describe objectively-measured physical activity levels and patterns among community-dwelling older adults with osteoporosis, impaired balance, and fear of falling, and to explore the associations with gait, balance performance, falls self-efficacy, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Methods: Ninety-four individuals (75.6 ± 5.4 years) were included. Physical activity was assessed with pedometers and accelerometers. Mean steps/day, dichotomized into < 5,000 or ≥ 5,000 steps/day, and time spent in different physical activity intensities were analyzed. Gait was assessed with a GAITRite walkway, balance performance was assessed with the modified figure-eight test and oneleg stance, falls self-efficacy was assessed with the Falls Efficacy Scale International, and HRQoL was assessed with Short Form-36. Results: Mean steps/day were 6,201 (991–17,156) and 40% reported < 5,000 steps/day. Participants with < 5,000 steps/day spent more time sedentary, had slower gait speed, poorer balance performance, and lower HRQoL than participants with ≥ 5,000 steps/day. No participants with < 5,000 met the recommended level of physical activity.