Changes in health behaviors of older adults: the San Diego Medicare Preventive Health Project

Prev Med. 1994 Mar;23(2):127-33. doi: 10.1006/pmed.1994.1018.


Background: This study presents behavioral outcomes at 1-year follow-up from a preventive services intervention trial with Medicare beneficiaries.

Methods: The health promotion package consisted of goal setting and counseling based on a health risk appraisal and a series of eight educational sessions. All subjects completed a health risk appraisal questionnaire immediately prior to the intervention and 1 year later; this served as the dependent measure.

Results: Results indicated that there were significant, positive changes in intervention subjects in activity level and selected nutrition behaviors relative to control subjects. The strengths and weaknesses of a broad-based approach to intervention are discussed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • California
  • Counseling / organization & administration
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Goals
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicare / organization & administration*
  • Nutritional Sciences / education
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Care
  • United States