The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) questionnaire; does it predict physical health?

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Aug 30;10(9):3967-86. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10093967.


A lack of physical activity is common in older adults. With the increasing Canadian senior population, identifying the minimum amount of physical activity required to maintain the health of older adults is essential. This study determined whether relationships existed between the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) questionnaire scores and health-related measurements in community-dwelling older adults who were meal delivery volunteers. Based on observed relationships between PASE scores and health parameters, the study attempted to predict an optimal PASE score that would ensure health parameters fell in desired ranges for older adults. 297 community-dwelling older adults (61.3% female) 60-88 years (72.1 ± 6.5) completed the PASE and were measured for body composition, cardiovascular and blood parameters, flexibility, and handgrip strength. Significant regression models using PASE were produced for the health-related measures, but the relationships were not meaningful due to low predictive capacity. However, correlational data suggested that a minimum PASE score of ~140 for males and ~120 for females predicted a favorable waist circumference. In conclusion, findings demonstrated that PASE scores cannot be used to predict healthy physical measures, although the relationships between PASE and WC could be used to encourage older adults to become more physically active.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Hand Strength
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides