Level of physical activity and quality of life: a comparative study among the elderly of rural and urban areas

Anderson Pedroso Barbosa Tatiane Gomes Teixeira Bianca Orlandi Naiane Teixeira Bastos de Oliveira Maria Helena Villas Boas Concone About the authors

Objective

: To investigate if the relationship between physical activity level (PAL) and quality of life (QOL) is affected by living environment (rural or urban).

Method

: A quantitative, observational and cross-sectional study was performed. Of the 40 participants of both genders, 20 were residents of urban areas and 20 were residents of rural areas in the town of Pimenta Bueno (RO), Brazil. The WHOQOL BREF and IPAQ Long Version questionnaires were used to assess QOL and PAL, respectively. Mann Whitney and Fisher's Exact were used to statistically compare groups for QOL and PAL scores. The correlation between the two was tested by the Spearman test. A significance level of p<0.05 was used.

Results

: No differences between the rural and urban areas for QOL or PAL were found. In the rural group a positive and significant correlation was found between PAL and the physical, psychological and complete QOL domains. In terms of PAL, elderly persons from the rural area who were regularly active had higher total QOL and physical domain scores than insufficiently active elderly individuals from the rural area. When place of residence was compared, insufficiently active elderly in the urban area had higher scores on the social component of QOL than insufficiently active elderly from the rural group. Among regularly active seniors, those living in the rural area had higher physical QOL scores.

Conclusion

: According to the results, level of physical activity exerts a differential influence on the QOL of elderly people from rural and urban areas.

Quality of Life; Physical Activity; Elderly; Aging


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