The Exercise Assessment and Screening for You (EASY) Tool: Application in the Oldest Old Population

Barbara Resnick, Marcia G. Ory, Kerrie Hora, Michael E. Rogers, Phillip Page, Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Terry L. Bazzarre

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Abstract

The screening tool, the Exercise Assessment and Screening for You (EASY), was developed to call attention to the benefits of exercise and to assist older adults in selecting safe and effective exercise. The purpose of this study is to describe the use of the EASY in an oldest old population, consider the factors associated with EASY scores, and examine the relationship between exercise and adverse events in this population. The sample comprised 163 oldest old adults with an average age of 86.5 (SD = 5.8), the majority of whom were women (73%) and unmarried (64%). The participants responded affirmatively to approximately 2 of the 6 items on the EASY (mean = 1.9, SD = 1.3). Fear of falling, negative outcome expectations, number of comorbidities, age, and pain were all significantly associated with the total score on the EASY and accounted for 24% of the variance. Those who responded affirmatively to at least 1 item on the EASY were more likely to engage in exercise than those who did not (chi-square = 8.0, P = 0.01). The findings from this study help establish some baseline evidence of the applicability of the EASY when used as a screening tool to help guide oldest old adults prior to starting an exercise program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • adverse events
  • exercise screening
  • older adults
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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