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Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice


Jancey, J and Holt, AM and Lee, AH and Kerr, DA and Hart, E and Robinson, S and Anderson, AS and Hills, AP and Howat, P, Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37, (4) pp. E144-E149. ISSN 1440-6381 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12578


Objective: This process evaluation aimed to determine participants' 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:healthy ageing; independent living; physical exercise; physical fitness
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Public health nutrition
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:152807
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Research Performance and Analysis
Deposited On:2022-08-24
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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