Prospective associations between household work and leisure-based physical activity and all-cause mortality among older Taiwanese adults

Li-Jung Chen, KR Fox, Po-Wen Ku

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    Abstract

    Most studies on the health effects of leisure time physical activity have focused on mortality. There has been limited research regarding physical activity undertaken at work or around the home and mortality. This study assessed the associations between leisure, work, and household physical activity and subsequent all-cause mortality among older adults aged 65 years and older
    (n = 2133) in Taiwan, over 8 years. Physical activity was evaluated with the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly. Cox proportional hazard models were used to estimate the association of physical activity with the risk of mortality. This study demonstrated that a low level of total physical activity is predictive of increased all-cause mortality in both men and women in an East Asian population. It also indicates that leisure- and household-related but not work-related activity are significant contributors to this relationship.
    Translated title of the contributionProspective associations between household work and leisure-based physical activity and all-cause mortality among older Taiwanese adults
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)795-805
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Volume24
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • physical activity, exercise, mortality, older people, elderly

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