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April 12, 2011

Good News For Older Shopaholics: Seniors Who Shop Frequently Live Longer

Topics: General Health

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A new study from Taiwan published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health indicates that elderly people who shop as frequently as every day are more likely to live longer than less frequent shoppers, with men appearing to benefit more from the activity than women. And it appears that this holds true even when the shopaholic seniors have one or two long-term medical conditions:

[...] Dr Yu-Hung Chang from the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan, and colleagues, studied nearly 1,850 elderly people aged 65 and over who were living independently at home and who took part in the nationally representative 1999-2000 Elderly Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT Elderly).

Participants answered questions about how often they went shopping, with responses ranging from "never" to "every day".

They also completed questionnaires that helped researchers assess their intellectual and physical function, and gave the usual demographic information such as financial status, employment status, age, gender, education, and ethnicity, plus lifestyle, health behaviors, and chronic disease/medical status.

... The researchers concluded that their findings showed shopping predicts survival and that very frequent shopping may favour men more than women.

... They conceded that perhaps the ability to shop is just reflective of a person's health, and frequent shoppers are just healthier people, but they also said it could work the other way around: frequent shopping itself may benefit health, for instance by increasing the opportunity to buy food, take an interest in your diet and health, meet companions, and also take exercise in a way that is easier and requires less motivation than formal methods.

More details on the result of the study - here.

Image credit - Missouri Aging Services

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at April 12, 2011 4:04 PM


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