Engagement in Physical Activity and Quality of Life Among Informal Caregivers of Older Adults

Shamirah A’Azman*, Pildoo Sung, Rahul Malhotra

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: This study examined (1) the association of caregiver engagement in physical activity (PA) with their quality of life (QoL) and (2) the moderating effect of caregiver engagement in PA on the relationship between several caregiving stressors and their QoL, among informal caregivers of older adults. Methods: Multivariable regression was applied to data from 278 adult caregivers, aged 23–90 years, in Singapore. Results: Engagement in PA by caregivers was positively associated with psychological, social relationships, and environment domains of their QoL. Caregiver engagement in PA also mitigated the negative association between care-recipient mood impairment and QoL of caregivers in the physical health and social relationships domains. Discussion: QoL of caregivers may be improved or protected by their regular engagement in PA, especially when their care-recipients have mood impairment. Policymakers and practitioners should encourage caregivers to engage in PA and provide them with the necessary support to do so.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • caregiver physical activity
  • caregiver quality of life
  • caregiving
  • Singapore
  • stress-process model

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