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

TitleWhat are older Latinos told about physical activity and cognition? A content analysis of a top-circulating magazine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRose, ID, Friedman, DB, Marquez, DX, Fernandez, K
JournalJ Aging HealthJ Aging Health
Volume25
Pagination1143-58
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1552-6887 (Electronic)<br/>0898-2643 (Linking)
Accession Number23832842
KeywordsAged, Alzheimer Disease/ ethnology/prevention & control, Cognition/ physiology, Exercise/ physiology, Hispanic Americans/ psychology, Humans, Language, Periodicals as Topic/ statistics & numerical data, Risk Assessment, United States
AbstractOBJECTIVES: 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.