Attitude towards ageing and physical performance among adults 55 years old and above

Devinder Kaur Ajit Singh, Azianah Ibrahim, Chong Pui Kei, Ponnusamy Subramaniam

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Negative attitudes towards ageing are reported to be associated with greater functional impairment in older adults. There is limited information regarding attitudes towards ageing and physical performance in regard to adults aged 55 to 64 years. The objective of our study was to examine the association of attitude towards ageing on physical performance which includes mobility, agility and falls risk. This cross sectional study was conducted at five senior citizen clubs around Klang Valley in Malaysia. A total of 154 community dwelling adults aged 55 and above (mean:65.8±6.82) participated in this study. Attitude towards ageing was measured using Kogan's Attitude towards Older People Questionnaire (KAOP). Mobility and agility were measured using gait speed test and ten step test respectively. Risk of falls was assessed using physiological profile aproach (PPA). Approximately 75% of the participants had positive attitude towards ageing with high to very high risk of falls. A significant (p < 0.05) correlation was demonstrated between attitude towards ageing, falls risk and gait speed. Regression analysis showed that attitudes toward ageing had a relationship with falls risk, explaining 6% of the variance, F (1, 152) =10.26, p < 0.01. The results of this study suggest that there is some relationship between attitude towards ageing and falls risk measured using a combination of physical performance test. Positive attitude towards ageing should be promoted among adults in an earlier age for overall physical health among older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume2018
Issue numberSpecialissue1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018

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Keywords

  • Agility
  • Attitudes towards ageing
  • Falls risk
  • Gait speed
  • Older adults

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Attitude towards ageing and physical performance among adults 55 years old and above. / Ajit Singh, Devinder Kaur; Ibrahim, Azianah; Kei, Chong Pui; Subramaniam, Ponnusamy.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 2018, No. Specialissue1, 31.03.2018, p. 10-17.

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