2016 Volume 5 Issue 4 Pages 199-204
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to reveal factors related to the physical activity of the elderly who suffer from musculoskeletal diseases by analyzing their motor function, psychological function, and nutritional status. [Subjects] The study subjects were 14 community-dwelling elderly (3 male, 11 female) aged 65 or over who suffered from musculoskeletal diseases. [Methods]Physical activity was assessed using the life-space assessment (LSA). The following factors related to the LSA were examined: age, BMI, Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form (MNA-SF), Fall Efficacy Scale (FES), MotorFunctional Independence Measure (FIM-M), motor function measurement, continuous walking distance, and subjective health perception. [Results] The LSA revealed that the subjectsʼphysical activity was related to fear of falling, activities of daily living, motor function, and mobility. [Conclusion] The physical activity of the elderly who suffer from musculoskeletal diseases is low, and the improvement mainly on activities of daily living is important.