HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Perceived Barriers to Physical Activity in Older and Younger Veterans With Serious Mental Illness

Article

This article explores the medical and psychosocial barriers to physical activity for veterans with serious mental illness.

Abstract

Individuals with serious mental illness endorse many more medical and psychosocial barriers to physical activity (PA) than the general population. However, it is unknown if older adults with serious mental illness are at greater risk of experiencing barriers to PA than their younger counterparts. Older veterans were more likely to endorse arthritis and cardiopulmonary disease, and less likely to endorse work schedule, as barriers to PA. Interventions designed to increase PA for young/middle-aged adults with serious mental illness may be broadly useful for older adults with serious mental illness, with some modification to address specific health concerns.

Full Reference

Muralidharan, A., Klingaman, E. A., Molinari, V., & Goldberg, R. W., 2018. Perceived barriers to physical activity in older and younger veterans with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 41(1), 67-71.