Older adult dog owners are more physically active than their non-dog-owning counterparts

Gee, NR, Dall, P, Ellis, S, Ellis, B, Granat, MH ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0722-2760 and Mills, D 2017, 'Older adult dog owners are more physically active than their non-dog-owning counterparts' , Innovation in Aging, 1 (Supl_1) , p. 293.

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The study examined the influence of dog ownership on physical activity (PA) in community dwelling older adults using a longitudinal design and an objective measure of PA (activPAL monitor).

Eighty six participants (aged 65–81 years) were matched on gender, age, and socio-economic status into dog owner (DO) and non-dog owner (NDO) pairs. Each participant wore a waterproofed activPAL activity monitor continuously for a week, three times over a year.

The results revealed that DOs walked significantly longer at a moderate cadence (31vs.11 min/day) and took more steps (9,700 vs.7,200 steps/day) than NDOs. DOs also sat for significantly less time overall (9.4 vs. 10.1 hours/day) than NDOs.

This study provides the first objective data demonstrating that older DOs walk more than NDOs and indicates that this walking was undertaken at a moderate cadence. On average DOs met recommended public health guidelines (30 min/day of moderate PA), but NDOs did not.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Innovation in Aging
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 2399-5300
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 08:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:53
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48773

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