Leisure activities and mortality: does gender matter?

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Source
J Aging Health. 2008 Oct;20(7):855-71
Publication Type
Article
Date
Oct-2008
Author
Agahi Neda
Parker Marti G
Author Affiliation
Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm University, Gävlegatan 16, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden. neda.agahi@ki.se.
Source
J Aging Health. 2008 Oct;20(7):855-71
Date
Oct-2008
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Educational Status
Female
Gender Identity
Health status
Health Surveys
Humans
Leisure Activities
Male
Mortality
Proportional Hazards Models
Recreation
Risk factors
Sex Factors
Social Behavior
Survival Analysis
Sweden
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: This study examines the association between participation in leisure activities and mortality risk among older men and women. METHODS: A representative sample of 1,246 men and women ages 65 to 95, interviewed in 1991-1992, were followed for 12 years. Cox regressions analyzed mortality risk. RESULTS: Participating in only a few activities doubled mortality risk compared to those with the highest participation levels, even after controlling for age, education, walking ability, and other health indicators. Women had a dose-response relationship between overall participation and survival. Strong associations with survival were found for engagement in organizational activities and study circles among women and hobby activities and gardening among men. DISCUSSION: Results suggest gender differences in the association between leisure activities and mortality. Women display a decreasing mortality risk for each additional activity. Social activities have the strongest effects on survival among women, whereas men seem to benefit from solitary activities.
PubMed ID
18815413 View in PubMed
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