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dc.contributor.authorRobins, L.
dc.contributor.authorHill, Keith
dc.contributor.authorDay, L.
dc.contributor.authorClemson, L.
dc.contributor.authorFinch, C.
dc.contributor.authorHaines, T.
dc.identifier.citationRobins, L. and Hill, K. and Day, L. and Clemson, L. and Finch, C. and Haines, T. 2016. Older adult perceptions of participation in group-and home-based falls prevention exercise. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 24 (3): pp. 350-362.

© 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc. This paper describes why older adults begin, continue, and discontinue group-and home-based falls prevention exercise and benefits and barriers to participation. Telephone surveys were used to collect data for 394 respondents. Most respondents reported not participating in group-(66%) or home-based (78%) falls prevention exercise recently. Reasons for starting group-based falls prevention exercise include health benefits (23-39%), health professional recommendation (13-19%), and social interaction (4-16%). They discontinued because the program finished (44%) or due to poor health (20%). Commonly reported benefits were social interaction (41-67%) and health (15-31%). Disliking groups was the main barrier (2-14%). Home-based falls prevention exercise was started for rehabilitation (46-63%) or upon health professional recommendation (22-48%) and stopped due to recovery (30%). Improvement in health (18-46%) was the main benefit. These findings could assist health professionals in prescribing group-based falls prevention exercise by considering characteristics of older adults who perceive social interaction to be beneficial.

dc.publisherHuman Kinetics Inc
dc.titleOlder adult perceptions of participation in group-and home-based falls prevention exercise
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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