Predictors Of Physical Activity Participation In The Older Foreign-born Population In The United States: Data From The National Health Interview Survey (Nhis) 2002-2009 Page: I
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Junrith, Kittiwan. Predictors of Physical Activity Participation in the Older Foreiqn-
Born Population in the United States: Data from the National Health Interview Survey
(NHIS) 2002-2009. Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Gerontology), December 2011, 133
pp., 19 tables, references, 109 titles.
Promoting physical activity in older adults is an important part of healthy aging.
With an increasing older foreign-born population in the United States, there is limited
information on physical activity participation in this group and even less for those
experiencing difficulties in physical functioning and chronic illnesses. The primary
objective of the study was to determine how physical factors, psychological issues,
chronic illnesses, pain symptoms, perceived health status, and number of years living in
the U.S. influence physical activity participation in older foreign-born respondents. The
secondary objective was to identify the difference of predictors of physical activity
participation between older foreign-born and older native-born respondents. The study
is based on data collected from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted
from 2002 to 2009 for adults aged 50 or older. Ordinal logistic regression analysis was
used to predict and explain the physical activity participation in older foreign-born
respondents. Factors associated with more physical activity participation included a
higher level of education, more time living in the U.S., more positively perceived health
status, and having at least one chronic illnesses, or pain symptoms. Having more
difficulties in physical functioning caused older foreign-born respondents to participate
less in physical activity. This study provides the most recent evidence to health-care
professionals to develop and implement policies and strategies to facilitate physical
activity programs that will be beneficial to elderly immigrants living in the U.S.
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Junrith, Kittiwan. Predictors Of Physical Activity Participation In The Older Foreign-born Population In The United States: Data From The National Health Interview Survey (Nhis) 2002-2009, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103340/m1/2/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .