Diurnal Patterns and Correlates of Older Adults' Sedentary Behavior
AuthorVan Cauwenberg, J; Van Holle, V; De Bourdeaudhuij, I; Owen, N; Deforche, B
Source TitlePLoS One
PublisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
University of Melbourne Author/sOWEN, NEVILLE
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsVan Cauwenberg, J., Van Holle, V., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Owen, N. & Deforche, B. (2015). Diurnal Patterns and Correlates of Older Adults' Sedentary Behavior. PLOS ONE, 10 (8), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0133175.
Access StatusOpen Access
INTRODUCTION: Insights into the diurnal patterns of sedentary behavior and the identification of subgroups that are at increased risk for engaging in high levels of sedentary behavior are needed to inform potential interventions for reducing older adults' sedentary time. Therefore, we examined the diurnal patterns and sociodemographic correlates of older adults' sedentary behavior(s). METHODS: Stratified cluster sampling was used to recruit 508 non-institutionalized Belgian older adults (≥ 65 years). Morning, afternoon, evening and total sedentary time was assessed objectively using accelerometers. Specific sedentary behaviors, total sitting time and sociodemographic attributes were assessed using an interviewer-administered questionnaire. RESULTS: Participants self-reported a median of 475 (Q1-Q3 = 383-599) minutes/day of total sitting time and they accumulated a mean of 580 ± 98 minutes/day of accelerometer-derived sedentary time. Sedentary time was lowest during the morning and highest during the evening. Older participants were as sedentary as younger participants during the evening, but they were more sedentary during daytime. Compared to married participants, widowers were more sedentary during daytime. Younger participants (< 75 years), men and the higher educated were more likely to engage in (high levels of) sitting while driving a car and using the computer. Those with tertiary education viewed 29% and 22% minutes/day less television compared to those with primary or secondary education, respectively. Older participants accumulated 35 sedentary minutes/day more than did younger participants and men accumulated 32 sedentary minutes/day more than did women. CONCLUSION: These findings highlight diurnal variations and potential opportunities to tailor approaches to reducing sedentary time for subgroups of the older adult population.
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