TitleLeisure-time exercise and overall physical activity in older women caregivers and non-caregivers from the Caregiver-SOF Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsFredman, L, Bertrand, RM, Martire, LM, Hochberg, M, Harris, EL
JournalPrev Med
Date Published2006 Sep
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Aged, 80 and over, Caregivers, Exercise, Female, Humans, Leisure Activities, Logistic Models, Surveys and Questionnaires

<p><b>BACKGROUND: </b>Elderly caregivers report less leisure-time physical activity than same-aged non-caregivers. However, through caregiving tasks, caregivers may be as physically active as non-caregivers. This study compared leisure-time exercise and overall physical activity in elderly women caregivers and non-caregivers.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>The sample included 179 caregivers (153 cared for spouses and 26 for other relatives or friends) and 670 non-caregivers who were participants in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. Leisure-time exercise was based on respondents' report of walking for exercise or other regular exercise at least once a week. High overall physical activity included leisure-time exercise or being in the top quartile of walking and climbing stairs during one's daily routine.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Leisure-time exercise was lower in spouse caregivers (adjusted odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.64, 0.41-1.00) and non-spouse caregivers (OR = 0.39, 95% CI = 0.16-0.95) than married non-caregivers. Differences in overall physical activity between caregivers and married non-caregivers were smaller and not statistically significant. Caregivers who climbed stairs at least 15 min/day during caregiving tasks reported more overall physical activity than non-caregivers (OR = 4.06, 95% CI = 1.23-13.36).</p><p><b>CONCLUSIONS: </b>Studies comparing physical activity in caregivers and non-caregivers should assess activities performed during routine caregiving tasks.</p>

Alternate JournalPrev Med
PubMed ID16737731
Grant ListR01 AG018037 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States