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Relationship between exercise participation and active aging in the elderly

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Abstract: With the aging of the population and the increasing number of the elderly year by year, government departments and scholars have been committed to promoting the medical care of the elderly. Old age does not necessarily mean a rapid decline in health, vulnerability or aging. Therefore, the active aging of the elderly has become a major consideration all over the world. The impact of sports participation and social support on active aging is worth studying. This study proposes a conceptual model to understand the impact of sports participation and social support on active aging in the elderly. Integrating sports participation, social support and health literacy, it is assumed that the elderly are actively aging. In addition, the regulatory role of health literacy in health educationelationship between exercise participation, social support, and active aging was analyzed. Questionnaires were administered to respondents from Northern Taiwan during face-to-face interviews. Of the 1,800 distributed questionnaires, 1,586 completed questionnaires were received (response rate = 88.1 ). The data collected were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The results indicated that exercise participation (β = 0.163, ), social support (β = 0.384, ), and health literacy (β = 0.360, ) had significant positive effects on active aging. Health literacy did not moderate the effects of exercise participation and social support on active aging among older adults (β = −0.054, and 0.061, ). The current results confirm that social support has a considerable effect on active aging, which could be used as a reference for future proposals targeted at relevant institutions and older adults.

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