Older adults' favorite activities are resoundingly active: Findings from the NHATS study

Sarah L. Szanton, Rachel K. Walker, Laken Roberts, Roland J. Thorpe, Jennifer Wolff, Emily Agree, David L. Roth, Laura N. Gitlin, Christopher Seplaki

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Abstract

Activity is associated with health among older adults yet older adults' favorite activities have rarely been investigated. We analyzed the community dwelling, cognitively-intact sample of NHATS, a nationally representative sample of adults ≥65, who had named their favorite activities (. N = 5247). Logistic regression models estimated the odds of choosing a physical activity controlling for demographics, self-rated health, and disability. For all ages, four of the top five most common favorite activities were active: walking/jogging (14%), outdoor maintenance (13%), playing sports (8.9%), and other physical activity (8.7%). These findings sustain in 65-75 year olds. Even in 80-84 year olds, 3 of the top five activities are active. These findings vary by self-rated health (OR = 0.71, p <0.001), disability (OR = 0.72, p <0.001) and gender (OR = 0.52, p <0.001). Policy makers, clinicians, and urban planners can use these results in their work.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages131-135
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Health
Logistic Models
Jogging
Exercise
Independent Living
Administrative Personnel
Walking
Sports
Maintenance
Demography

Keywords

  • Activities
  • Participation
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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Older adults' favorite activities are resoundingly active : Findings from the NHATS study. / Szanton, Sarah L.; Walker, Rachel K.; Roberts, Laken; Thorpe, Roland J.; Wolff, Jennifer; Agree, Emily; Roth, David L.; Gitlin, Laura N.; Seplaki, Christopher.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 36, No. 2, 01.03.2015, p. 131-135.

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