Physical Activity in Older Adults (PAO)

This survey measure assesses Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older who had a doctor’s visit in the past 12 months and who report that they:

  • Spoke with a doctor or other health provider about their level of exercise or physical activity.
  • Received advice to start, increase or maintain their level of exercise or physical activity.

Why It Matters

Physical activity can be defined as movement that increases your heart rate above its resting rate. Regular physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, strengthen bones and muscles and improve mental health.1 Any amount of physical activity reduces the risk of developing certain chronic conditions and increases quality of life. Health care providers can help older adults attain and maintain health by providing advice on appropriate types and levels of activity.1

Results

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DISCUSSION
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2015 53.5 55.3
2014 55.9 56.6
2013 55.1 55.2
2012 54.5 55.5
2011 53.0 53.7
2010 52.3 53.9
2009 51.3 54.4
2008 51.5 54.0
2007 51.1 53.0
2006 50.3 53.6
2005 50.6 53.7

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ADVICE
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2015 50.5 49.9
2014 51.3 49.4
2013 50.4 48.2
2012 50.1 48.9
2011 48.7 47.6
2010 47.9 47.6
2009 46.9 47.8
2008 47.0 47.1
2007 46.1 46.7
2006 45.2 48.8
2005 43.7 46.3

References

  1. National Institutes of Health. Modified February 2012. “Senior Health. Exercise: Benefits of Exercise.” https://www.nia.nih.gov/health

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