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Regular group exercise contributes to balanced health in older adults in Japan: a qualitative study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Geriatrics, August 2017
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Title
Regular group exercise contributes to balanced health in older adults in Japan: a qualitative study
Published in
BMC Geriatrics, August 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12877-017-0584-3
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Authors

Hiroko Komatsu, Kaori Yagasaki, Yoshinobu Saito, Yuko Oguma

Abstract

While community-wide interventions to promote physical activity have been encouraged in older adults, evidence of their effectiveness remains limited. We conducted a qualitative study among older adults participating in regular group exercise to understand their perceptions of the physical, mental, and social changes they underwent as a result of the physical activity. We conducted a qualitative study with purposeful sampling to explore the experiences of older adults who participated in regular group exercise as part of a community-wide physical activity intervention. Four focus group interviews were conducted between April and June of 2016 at community halls in Fujisawa City. The participants in the focus group interviews were 26 older adults with a mean age of 74.69 years (range: 66-86). The interviews were analysed using the constant comparative method in the grounded theory approach. We used qualitative research software NVivo10® to track the coding and manage the data. The finding 'regular group exercise contributes to balanced health in older adults' emerged as an overarching theme with seven categories (regular group exercise, functional health, active mind, enjoyment, social connectedness, mutual support, and expanding communities). Although the participants perceived that they were aging physically and cognitively, the regular group exercise helped them to improve or maintain their functional health and enjoy their lives. They felt socially connected and experienced a sense of security in the community through caring for others and supporting each other. As the older adults began to seek value beyond individuals, they gradually expanded their communities beyond geographical and generational boundaries. The participants achieved balanced health in the physical, mental, and social domains through regular group exercise as part of a community-wide physical activity intervention and contributed to expanding communities through social connectedness and mutual support. Health promotion through physical activity is being increasingly emphasized. The study results can help to develop effective physical activity programs for older adults in the community.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 173 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 38 22%
Student > Master 19 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 9%
Unspecified 14 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 8%
Other 28 16%
Unknown 46 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 33 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 11%
Sports and Recreations 16 9%
Unspecified 14 8%
Social Sciences 10 6%
Other 28 16%
Unknown 53 31%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 171. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 February 2023.
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