Quality of Life Impacts Program Retention in Seniors

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 24, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Knowing who is most likely to drop out of a new exercise program can be valuable information for wellness professionals. A recent study found that for seniors, health-related quality of life before starting a new program was the most predictive factor in determining whether or not they would stick with the regimen. Aspects of health- related quality of life that were measured included depression and fatigue, among others.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland observed 135 generally healthy seniors aged 65–85 who participated in either a conventional exercise program or a yoga program over a 6-month period. The investigators discovered that class attendance correlated closely to baseline measures of depression, fatigue and physical aspects of health-related quality of life. The findings were published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2007; 7 [37]; doi:10.1186/1472–6882–7–37).

The study authors recommended that more studies be done to determine how to improve exercise adherence, especially for people whose profiles suggest they would have a high likelihood of dropping out of a new activity program.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.