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

TitleOlder adults' favorite activities are resoundingly active: Findings from the NHATS study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSzanton, SL, Walker, RK, Roberts, L, Thorpe, R. J., J, Wolff, J, Agree, E, Roth, DL, Gitlin, LN, Seplaki, C
JournalGeriatr Nurs
Volume36
Pagination131-5
Date PublishedMar-Apr
ISBN Number1528-3984 (Electronic)0197-4572 (Linking)
Accession Number25619566
KeywordsActivities, participation, physical activity
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.