Behavioral Research in Aging, Neuroscience, Cognition, and Health

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Physical Activity in Older Adults


Physical activity can be measured in many ways. Our lab has conducted research with self-reports, caregiver reports, and electronic monitors including ActiGraph and ActivPAL. The ACCEL study measured physical activity in 100 older adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease. We are currently analyzing these data to evaluate the types and intensities of physical activity, the amount of sitting, and the quality of sleep in these participants.

Varma, V. R., & Watts, A. (2017). Daily physical activity patterns during the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160582

Watts, A., Walters, R., Hoffman, L., & Templin, J. (2016). Intra-individual variability of physical activity in older adults with and without mild Alzheimer’s disease. PLoS One.

Vidoni, E., Watts, A., Burns, J. M., et al. (2016). Feasibility of a memory clinic-based physical activity prescription program. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 53(1), 161-170 doi:10.3233/JAD-160158

Rhyner, K. T., & Watts, A. (2016). Exercise and depressive symptoms in older adults: A systematic meta-analytic review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. doi:10.1123/japa.2015-0146

Watts, A., Vidoni, E., Loskutova, N., Johnson, D. K., & Burns, J. (2013). Measuring physical activity in older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical Gerontologist, 36(4), 1-20.

Watts, A., Breda, A., & Burns, J. (2014, March). Measuring physical activity in older adults with early Alzheimer's disease. Presented at American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Watts, A., Vidoni, E., Washburn, R., Johnson, D., & Burns, J. (2013, June). Measuring physical activity in older adults with early Alzheimer’s disease. Poster presented at Frontiers Awards Symposium, University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas City, KS.

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