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J Aging Health. 2013 Oct;25(7):1143-58. doi: 10.1177/0898264313494803. Epub 2013 Jul 5.

What are older Latinos told about physical activity and cognition? A content analysis of a top-circulating magazine.

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Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Physical activity (PA) may reduce risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The objectives of this study were to: (a) Compare the content of English and Spanish PA-focused articles in American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) magazines; and (b) Determine whether these articles discuss PA as a potential correlate of AD.

METHOD:

AARP (English) and AARP Segunda Juventud (Spanish) magazines were assessed for PA coverage from 2009 to 2010. Articles were analyzed using nonparametric tests.

RESULTS:

A total of 63 articles discussed PA (48 English; 15 Spanish). In AARP English, 70.8% of articles discussed formal exercise, while 53.3% of Spanish articles discussed formal exercise. Only three English articles mentioned that PA has the potential to reduce risk of AD. No Spanish articles mentioned this association.

DISCUSSION:

Spanish content did not adequately present cognitive health information. Culturally appropriate media coverage is needed to inform diverse populations about cognitive health and risks of AD.

KEYWORDS:

Alzheimer’s disease (AD); Hispanic/Latino; cognitive health; content analysis; physical activity (PA)

PMID:
23832842
DOI:
10.1177/0898264313494803
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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