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Objectives: In this study, we sought to characterize the weight status, sedentary behavior, and physical activity of caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Methods: In 2014, we surveyed caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease from the South Carolina Alzheimer's Disease Registry (N = 47) about their personal health behaviors. Additionally, a subset of individuals (N = 14) wore an accelerometer for 7 days. Results: Caregivers (N = 47) were mostly overweight or obese (85%) and self-reported a daily average sedentary time of 246.5 ± 203.0 minutes and 455.8 ± 291.4 minutes, as measured by 2 questionnaires. Objective measures indicated that persons spent an average of 769.4 ± 167.6 minutes per day (77.8% of their waking day) engaged in sedentary behavior. Conclusion: Given the negative health outcomes associated with both obesity and sedentary behavior, this is a vulnerable population that likely would benefit from interventions focused on weight management and reducing sedentary behavior.
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Keywords: DEMENTIA; INFORMAL CAREGIVING; OBESITY; SURVEY RESEARCH; WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Assistant, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 3: Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 4: Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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