Developing Predictors of Long-Term Adherence to Exercise Among Older Veterans and Spouses.
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Behavior change theory was used to explore predictors of long-term adherence (≥2 years) to exercise. A retrospective analysis of data from participants (N = 97) who reached a 6-month follow-up, which served as the baseline, was evaluated for completion of yearly follow-up surveys. Variables examined at baseline, which included age, race, gender, body mass index (BMI), and self-report of comorbidities, symptoms, physical function, and a Barriers Specific Self-Efficacy Scale, were examined with significance set at p < .05. Lower BMI (29.1 ± 5.1 vs. 31.6 ± 6.5, p = .047) and higher self-efficacy to overcome environmental barriers (p = .016) and social isolation (p = .05) were associated with long-term adherence. Self-efficacy to overcome environmental and social barriers, such as inclement weather, access to exercise site, and opportunities for group-based exercise, should be addressed to promote long-term adherence to exercise among older adults.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1177/0733464819874954
Publication InfoMorey, Miriam; Brown, Candace S; & Sloane, Richard (2019). Developing Predictors of Long-Term Adherence to Exercise Among Older Veterans and Spouses. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. pp. 733464819874954. 10.1177/0733464819874954. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19426.
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Professor in Medicine
The general focus of Dr. Morey's work is exercise and aging. All of her research examines how physical activity, exercise training, or physical fitness influence the physical functioning and/or pyschosocial quality of life of older adults. She directs a supervised hospital-based program for older adults, which is used to examine longitudinally the effects of exercise training on the musculoskeletal, articular, and cardiorespiratory systems. Furthermore, she has a number of studies that e