Social support for exercise among elderly women in Canada.
Authors: Cousins SO
Source: Health Promotion International 10(4):273-82.
Abstract: Lack of social support for exercise late in life may act as a barrier to participation in olde adults. This study was conducted to explore the origins of social support for late life exercise among women over the age of 70 in Vancouver. Survey data was examined on 327 women ranging in age from 70-98. Perceived sources of support were examined in four contexts: family athleticism, physician approval, peer interest in fitness and encouragement from any individual. Fifty percent of respondents reported positive support from family, friends and at least one encouraging adult. Almost 40% were unsure if physician would approve of an exercise program, while 25% believed their physician would disapprove. The best predictors of social support for late life exercise were found to be: childhood encouragement in sports, current exercise level, large family size and a younger age. It is concluded that women who need companionship and an incentive for a more active lifestyle may find these in the exercise setting itself. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmondon, Alberta, T6G 2H9 Canada.