Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak on Activity and Exercise Levels among Older Patients

K. Kawamura, M. Kamiya, S. Suzumura, K. Maki, I. Ueda, N. Itoh, A. Osawa, S. Maeshima, H. Arai, I. Kondo

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to clarify the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak on the levels of activity among older patients with frailty or underlying diseases. A total of 175 patients (79.0±7.0 years) undergoing outpatient or home-based rehabilitation, stratified into groups, based on frailty status. The percentage of patients who went out at least once a week decreased after the outbreak from 91% to 87%, from 65% to 46%, and from 47% to 36% in the non-frail, frail, and nursing care requirement groups, respectively. The proportion of older patients participating in exercise during the outbreak was 75%, 51%, and 41% in the non-frail, frail, and nursing care requirement groups, respectively. The proportion of older patients participating in voluntary exercise after instruction was lowest in the frail group (35%). Older patients with frailty are susceptible to the negative effects of refraining from physical activity and require careful management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-925
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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