Older People's Health-Related Behaviors: Evidence from Three Cohorts of the Lc65+ Study.

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serval:BIB_9AB81BD9523F
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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Older People's Health-Related Behaviors: Evidence from Three Cohorts of the Lc65+ Study.
Journal
Behavioral medicine
Author(s)
Seematter-Bagnoud L., Santos-Eggimann B., Nanchen D., Blanco J.M., Büla C., von Gunten A., Démonet J.F., Henchoz Y.
ISSN
0896-4289 (Print)
ISSN-L
0896-4289
Publication state
Published
Issued date
20/02/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
1-5
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: aheadofprint
Abstract
Baby-boomers might be more health-conscious than earlier birth cohorts, but limited evidence has been produced so far. To investigate such changes, this study compared health-related behaviors at age 65 to 70 among three successive five-year birth cohorts (pre-war: born 1934-1938; war: born 1939-1943 and baby-boom: born 1944-1948) representative of the community-dwelling population. Information about alcohol use, smoking, physical activity, and nutrition was compared across the three cohorts (n = 4,270 participants) using Chi-squared test. Alcohol and the mean nutritional intake score did not vary across cohorts, whereas the consumption of nonalcoholic drinks increased significantly from pre-war to war and to baby-boom cohort (p<.001). Other differences across cohorts were observed only in women: the proportion of women who never or rarely engaged in sports decreased from 52.9% in the pre-war cohort to around 43% in subsequent cohorts (p<.001), while the proportion of women who had never smoked was higher in the pre-war cohort (56.1%) than in the war and the baby-boom cohorts (49.8% and 46.8%, respectively, p<.001). Overall, these results show some positive changes in older persons' health behaviors over time. Nevertheless, considerable room remains for improving lifestyles through public health interventions.
Keywords
Health behaviors, older persons, trends
Pubmed
Web of science
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06/02/2020 14:51
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03/05/2020 7:02
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