Hills, AP and Arena, R and Khunti, K and Yajnik, CS and Jayawardena, R and Henry, CJ and Street, SJ and Soares, MJ and Misra, A, Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Article Epub ahead of print. ISSN 2213-8587 (In Press) [Refereed Article]
Objective: This process evaluation aimed to determine participantsí perceptions of the strategies utilised in a six‐month intervention that set out to improve physical activity and nutrition in retirement village (RV) residents.
Methods: Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from intervention participants residing in 17 RVs located in Perth, Western Australia, via self‐report questionnaires (n = 139) and semi‐structured interviews (n = 16).
Results: Intervention resources were moderately useful and suitable. Program ambassadors were encouraging (86%), but more frequent, and more direct, contact were preferred. The main reason for withdrawing from the program was health‐related conditions (aches, pains, injuries).
Conclusion: This study provides evidence that the intervention was reasonably appropriate for older adults residing in RVs. Program ambassadors were well accepted, a successful strategy that should be considered for future interventions in RVs. Increased face‐to‐face engagement was preferred, but such an approach will require greater investment. The findings contribute to a small research base concerned with health behaviour interventions in RVs.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Aged Health Care|
|Objective Group:||Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)|
|Objective Field:||Health Related to Ageing|
|UTAS Author:||Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)|
|UTAS Author:||Street, SJ (Dr Steven Street)|
|Year Published:||In Press|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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