Background: Physical activity (PA) provides many benefits for recovery from cancer treatments. Many older (65+ years) cancer survivors which comprise the majority of the cancer survivor population, do not meet recommended PA guidelines. This study explored the feasibility and acceptability of using audiobooks as part of a 12-week multi-component intervention to increase steps/day, light and moderate-to-vigorous intensity PA among older survivors. Methods: Twenty older cancer survivors (95% female, mean age = 71.55 years, 90% White, 85% overweight/obese, 75% breast cancer survivors, mean 1.96 years since treatment completion) were randomized into one of the two study groups (Audiobook Group, n = 12, Comparison Group, n = 8). Both study groups were provided a tailored step goal program over the 12-week intervention; weekly step increases were based on a percent increase from baseline. Participant self-monitored their steps using a Fitbit Charge 2. In addition, the Audiobook group were encouraged to listen to audiobooks (downloaded onto a smartphone device via an app available at no cost from the local library) during PA to add enjoyment and increase PA. Regression analyses on steps/day, light and moderate-to-vigorous PA/week and sedentary time/week as assessed by the Actigraph were conducted, after adjusting for Actigraph wear time. Data from the post-intervention questionnaire were summarized. Results: Overall, majority of participants (89%) stated they were very satisfied with their participation and 100% reported that they were able to maintain their activity upon study completion. Retention rates were high. At post-intervention, there were significant differences favoring the Audiobook group for steps/day and moderate-to-vigorous PA/week. No significant group differences were found for minutes of light intensity PA/week and sedentary time/week. Conclusion: Piloting the implementation of a sustainable, innovative intervention among older survivors to increase their PA has significance for this group of survivors.
- moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
- multi-component intervention
- Older cancer survivors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging