Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults

Eleanor Marie Simonsick, M. E. Lafferty, C. L. Phillips, C. F. Mendes de Leon, S. V. Kasl, T. E. Seeman, G. Fillenbaum, P. Hebert, J. H. Lemke

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Objectives. This study examined the association between recreational physical activity among physically capable older adults and functional status, incidence of selected chronic conditions, and mortality over 3 and 6 years. Methods. Data are from three sites of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. Results. A high level of recreational physical activity reduced the likelihood of mortality over both 3 and 6 years. Moderate to high activity reduced the risk of physical impairments over 3 years: this effect diminishes after 6 years. A consistent relationship between activity and new myocardial infarction or stroke or the incidence of diabetes or angina was not found after 3 or 6 years. Conclusions. Findings suggest that physical activity offers benefits to physically capable older adults, primarily in reducing the risk of functional decline and mortality. Future work must use more objective and quantifiable measures of activity and assess changes in activity levels over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1443-1450
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume83
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Exercise
Mortality
Incidence
Epidemiologic Studies
Stroke
Myocardial Infarction
Population

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Simonsick, E. M., Lafferty, M. E., Phillips, C. L., Mendes de Leon, C. F., Kasl, S. V., Seeman, T. E., ... Lemke, J. H. (1993). Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults. American Journal of Public Health, 83(10), 1443-1450.

Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults. / Simonsick, Eleanor Marie; Lafferty, M. E.; Phillips, C. L.; Mendes de Leon, C. F.; Kasl, S. V.; Seeman, T. E.; Fillenbaum, G.; Hebert, P.; Lemke, J. H.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 83, No. 10, 1993, p. 1443-1450.

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Simonsick, EM, Lafferty, ME, Phillips, CL, Mendes de Leon, CF, Kasl, SV, Seeman, TE, Fillenbaum, G, Hebert, P & Lemke, JH 1993, 'Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 83, no. 10, pp. 1443-1450.
Simonsick EM, Lafferty ME, Phillips CL, Mendes de Leon CF, Kasl SV, Seeman TE et al. Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults. American Journal of Public Health. 1993;83(10):1443-1450.
Simonsick, Eleanor Marie ; Lafferty, M. E. ; Phillips, C. L. ; Mendes de Leon, C. F. ; Kasl, S. V. ; Seeman, T. E. ; Fillenbaum, G. ; Hebert, P. ; Lemke, J. H. / Risk due to inactivity in physically capable older adults. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1993 ; Vol. 83, No. 10. pp. 1443-1450.
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