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Demographic Differences in the Effectiveness of A Physical Activity Application to Promote Physical Activity : Study Among Aged People (2021)


Kari, T., Makkonen, M., & Frank, L. (2021). Demographic Differences in the Effectiveness of A Physical Activity Application to Promote Physical Activity : Study Among Aged People. In A. Pucihar, M. Kljajic Borstnar, R. Bons, H. Cripps, A. Sheombar, & D. Vidmar (Eds.), 34th Bled eConference : Digital Support from Crisis to Progressive Change (pp. 257-272). University of Maribor. https://doi.org/10.18690/978-961-286-485-9.19


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kari, Tuomas; Makkonen, Markus; Frank, Lauri

Parent publication: 34th Bled eConference : Digital Support from Crisis to Progressive Change

Parent publication editors: Pucihar, Andreja; Kljajic Borstnar, Mirjana; Bons, Roger; Cripps, Helen; Sheombar, Anand; Vidmar, Doroteja

Conference:

  • Bled eConference

Place and date of conference: Online Conference, 27.-30.6.2021

eISBN: 978-961-286-385-9

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 257-272

Number of pages in the book: 800

Publisher: University of Maribor

Place of Publication: Maribor

Publication country: Slovenia

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18690/978-961-286-485-9.19

Persistent website address: https://press.um.si/index.php/ump/catalog/view/581/744/1547-1

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77134


Abstract

The global population is ageing and simultaneously the life expectancy at older ages is improving. To support healthy and active aging, it is imperative to find solutions to support physical activity (PA) in older age. Digital wellness technologies are a potential solution, but in order for such technologies to be successful, research is needed to gain a better understanding on their use and effectiveness among aged people. To address this need, this study investigated the effectiveness of a physical activity application to promote PA behavior among aged people of different demographics (gender, age, education, marital status). PA levels were measured before taking the application into use and after 12 months of use. The results suggest that a physical activity application can be effective in promoting PA behavior among aged people as there was a notable and a statistically significant increase in walking and total PA levels between baseline and 12-month follow-up. Regarding the demographic differences, there were very few differences in the changes in PA levels between different demographics, suggesting the effectiveness is not subject to the demographic background of the user.


Keywords: ageing; older people; physical activeness; physical training; well-being; welfare technology; measuring instruments (devices); measuring methods; mobile apps; health promotion; activation

Free keywords: digital wellness; wellness technology; mobile wellness application; mobile application; physical activity; aged people; young elderly; IPAQ-E; follow-up study; physical activity application


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1


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