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

Jonine Jancey (Lead / Corresponding author), Anne-Marie Holt, Andy Lee, Deborah A. Kerr, Ellen Hart, Suzanne Robinson, Annie Anderson, Andrew P. Hills, Peter Howat

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Abstract

Objective: This process evaluation aimed to determine participants’ perceptions of the strategies utilised in a sixmonth 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 (55–64%) and suitable (65–68%). Program ambassadors were encouraging (86%), but more face-to-face contact and frequent contact were preferred. The main reason for withdrawing from the program was health-related conditions (aches, pains, injuries).

Conclusions: This study provides evidence that the intervention was reasonably appropriate for older adults residing in RVs. Program ambassadors were well accepted, and a successful strategy should be considered for future interventions in RVs 4 . Increased face-to-face engagement was preferred, but this approach will require greater investment. The findings contribute to a small research base concerned with health behaviour interventions in RVs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E144-E149
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume37
Issue number4
Early online date28 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • healthy ageing
  • independent living
  • physical exercise
  • physical fitness

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    Jancey, J., Holt, A-M., Lee, A., Kerr, D. A., Hart, E., Robinson, S., Anderson, A., Hills, A. P., & Howat, P. (2018). Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(4), E144-E149. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12578