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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 The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 67, (2), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2008
Keywords: longitudinal study, health measures


Local EPrints ID: 59000
ISSN: 0091-4150
PURE UUID: 70635e2d-bb96-4908-9db8-be0a5b349bbb
ORCID for Joanne C. Turnbull: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 20 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:25

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Author: Mark A. Mullee
Author: Roger S.J. Briggs

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