Activity and mortality among aged persons over an eight-year period

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The influence of level of activity on mortality was examined with data from an eight-year (1976 to 1984) longitudinal study of 508 older Mexican Americans and Anglos. Over the study interval, 119 subjects were confirmed to have died. Activity was a significant predictor of mortality at the univariate level. However, when age, gender, education, marital status, ethnicity, and self-rated health were controlled for in the analysis, activity was not a significant predictor of mortality. The popular notion that an active life among elderly persons might lead to extended longevity was not supported by these data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Volume45
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

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Activity and mortality among aged persons over an eight-year period. / Lee, D. J.; Markides, Kyriakos.

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