Measurement of Physical Activity Among Older People

  • Nicolas Aguilar-Farias
  • Marijke Hopman-Rock


The benefits of physical activity (PA) for general well-being in older adults have been widely documented in the last decades, along with the independent detrimental effects of sedentary behaviour (SB) on health. PA measurement in older people is highly relevant for designing, promoting, and assessing intervention plans as well as implementing regular surveillance. However, it is a challenge to identify measurement tools that are suitable, feasible, reliable, and valid. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the different tools available for measuring PA in older adults. We review relative advantages and limitations of tools with a focus on fieldwork. Some innovative approaches and measurement challenges will be described to better understand how tools might be used and interpreted in different settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Aguilar-Farias
    • 1
  • Marijke Hopman-Rock
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Educación Física, Deportes y RecreaciónUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  2. 2.EMGO Institute Department of Public and Occupational HealthVUmcAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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