Self-rated activity levels and longevity: evidence from a 20 year longitudinal study


Mullee, Mark A., Coleman, Peter G., Briggs, Roger S.J., Stevenson, James E. and Turnbull, Joanne C. (2008) Self-rated activity levels and longevity: evidence from a 20 year longitudinal study. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 67, (2), 171-186. (doi:10.2190/AG.67.2.d).

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The study reports on factors predicting the longevity of 328 people over the age of 65 drawn from an English city and followed over 20 years. Both the reported activities score and the individual’s comparative evaluation of their own level of activity independently reduced the risk of death, even when
health and cognitive status were taken into account. The analysis has provided a strong test of the relevance of measures of reported activity and measures of self-perception to longevity. The study confirms the important predictive
role of reported activity levels even when detailed health measures are taken into account. But in addition personal perception of one’s own relative level of activity, and to a lesser extent subjective assessment of health, also predicted longevity.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0091-4150 (print)
1541-3535 (electronic)
Keywords: longitudinal study, health measures
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 59000
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:41
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/59000

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