174433 Health Promotion Priorities of Older Adults in a Korean Rural Community

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hye Jean Lee, MD, PhD , Department of Preventive Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, South Korea
Bo-Young Lee, RN , Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea
Heui Sung Jo, MD PhD , Department of Helath Policy and Management, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea
Seunghyun Yoo, DrPH , Department of Behavioral & Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess the priorities of health promotion for older adults in the community. The study attempts to display demographic characteristics, subjective health status, health behaviors and chronic diseases status of the older adults.

Methods: We surveyed 384 senior residents in a community via face-to-face interviews in their homes, who were selected by proportional random sampling. We analysed the frequency, multiple responses and X2 by SPSS 12.0K.

Results: The mean of subjective health status was 54.0421.69 with a maximum of 100. Our study found that the high priorities in health promotion for older adults were prevention and management of hypertension and diabetes, strengthening of joint and muscles, cancer screening and physical exercise. Prevention of depression and social activities were low priorities. Strengthening of joints and muscles was a high priority among women while smoking cessation and social activities were high priorities of men. Among the respondents of 65 years and older, the younger were interested in vaccination and social activities, and the older in subjectively good health selected prevention and management of hypercholesterolemia and social activities as higher priorities.

Conclusion: In conclusion, health promotion priorities of older adults differed by gender, age group, and subjective health status. Disease-related priorities received more attention than psycho-social health priorities.

This study suggests classifying the priorities into disease, disability, psycho-social categories in order to compare within the priorities and comparing the priorities regionally and nationally.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the priorities of health promotion for older adults in a Korean rural community.

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have participated from the start of this study. I have involved in study design, development of questionnaire, data collection, and analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.