Physical Activity and Health Status in Older Scots

  • Physical activity is substantially lower in those who live in the most deprived quartile of neighbourhoods
  • The observed decline in physical activity around the age of retirement is unlikely to be associated solely with increasing age
  • The impact of physical activity on the maintenance of the ability to move easily is particularly marked
  • While movement is a form of physical activity the absence of a linear relationship between the two variables, and sharp drops in physical activity in those who indicated mild and moderate problems with movement indicates that mobility is measuring something that differs from physical activity
  • These findings underline the importance of physical activity in improving the health of older Scots