Received 10 July 2010;
revised 23 October 2010;
accepted 25 October 2010.
Available online 30 December 2010.
The more support elderly people have from their family, the less likely they are to suffer from chronic diseases. The objective of this study is to investigate how family support affects the PA middle-aged and elderly people engage in before and after they suffer from chronic diseases. We interviewed 428 middle-aged and elderly people using a structured questionnaire to measure their aerobic PA. Eighteen percent of middle-aged and elderly people did participate in PA after suffering from chronic diseases. Using multivariate logistic regression models, we found that middle-aged and elderly people who rely on family members when they are sick (OR = 1.87, 95%CI = 1.08–3.25) and who are accompanied by family members (OR = 2.09, 95%CI = 1.20–3.62) when they are healthy are more likely to exercise. The more middle-aged and elderly people are supported by their family, the more likely they are to exercise. Strengthening family relationships should help reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases among middle-aged and elderly people.
Keywords: Family support to elderly; Middle-aged; Physical activity (PA)