Learning Objective 1: Learner will be able to identify at least 2 facilitators of healthy aging based on research findings from subjects in the Southeastern United States.
Learning Objective 2: Learner will be able to identify one barrier to healthy aging based on research findings from subjects in the Southeastern United States.
Methods: This mixed method study involved 20 subjects who participated in face-to-face qualitative interviews and completed the Health Enhancement Lifestyle Profile (HELP) (Hwang, 2009) questionnaire.
Results: Participants (n = 20) ranged in age from 73 to 96 (7 male, 13 female and 9 Caucasian and 11 African American). The number of chronic illnesses ranged from 0 to 9. Self-rating of health reports included 5 excellent, 13 very good and 2 fair. Quantitative analysis of the HELP revealed that this group of older adults scored lower than the standard for average overall health. Group scored for the sub-scales were lower than average for exercise, diet, psychosocial, but higher than average for leisure and activities of daily living, and average for other health promotion activities.
Conclusion: The findings provide evidence on facilitators and barriers to healthy aging. This evidence will support regional efforts (Area Agency on Aging) to inform program and policy development.
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