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Physical activity and successful aging
10th International EGREPA Conference

European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity

14.09. - 16.09.2006 in Köln

Motor activity in seniors with diabetes and cardiovascular impairments

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  • corresponding author J. Labudova - Comenius University, Slovakia
  • D. Tothova - Comenius University, Slovakia

Physical activity and successful aging. Xth International EGREPA Conference. Cologne, 14.-16.09.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06pasa070

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Published: December 18, 2006

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We wanted to evaluate opinion on physical activity in elderly people and compare differences between men and women with diabetes and cardiovascular impairment. At the basis on evaluation their activities and interest we would like to prepare a base for creation of moving program into daily regime.


  • Analyze activities that respondents have been doing in their life as well as activities that are interesting for them in the present.
  • Evaluate reasons of inactivity and obtain information what kinds of activities are they interested in.
  • Compare opinions between group of men and women; and between elderly with diabetes and cardiovascular impairments.


Research group consisted from 47 women and 18 men with diabetes, 37 women and 16 men with cardiovascular impairments in age over 60 years old.
Respondents filled in questionnaire with 22 questions, which were aimed to finding out:
Regular exercising during their life,
Opinions about meaning of exercising,
Interest of particular movement and kinds of exercise they would like to be a part.


We found out that people in past were not doing physical activities, in present 80 – 100% of them accept that physical activities have significant meaning for elderly people, even that they do not exercise for different reasons:

Men: for health problems (50 – 78%) and 21% from convenience,
Women: for health problems (50%) and lack of time (13%).

Evaluation of particular motor activity interest we found out those men with diabetes prefers hiking, swimming and cycling. Women with diabetes and cardiovascular impairments prefer hiking and swimming. These activities are appropriate and there are no significant differences between men and women. These motor activities are focused for development an aerobic fitness. In this regime is missing more activities for general fitness development.

We found out, that women with diabetes would like to realize morning exercises on the bed (44%), morning gymnastics and exercise by television (15%). Women with cardiovascular impairments would like to do health enhancing physical education in 18 %.

Daily regime activities categorization in men were follows:

Cardiac: health enhancing physical education (26%), exercising in sport group (22%) and morning gymnastics (17%).

With diabetes: morning exercise on bed (45%), health enhancing physical education (21%) and morning gymnastics (17%).

Men more incline to organized forms of exercises, women prefer more individual forms without differences of impairment.

Initiate results created bases to focus on solicitousness of motor activity in elderly people with disabilities and suggestion for choosing exercises in organized groups.