Late-life and earlier participation in leisure activities: Their importance for survival among older persons

Neda Agahi, Merril Silverstein, Marti G. Parker

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Is activity participation in old age important for survival independent of one's earlier history of participation? A nationally representative sample of 457 older persons was followed for 25 years with data from the Level-of-Living Survey and the SWEOLD study. Cox regressions showed that regardless of earlier activities and health, late-life leisure engagement was associated with enhanced survival, especially among men. Among women, earlier activities (study groups) also seem important, perhaps by providing social networks. Results suggest that it is worthwhile to encourage elderly people to participate in leisure activities and to facilitate their participation in the community even at high ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011



  • Aged
  • Leisure activities
  • Longitudinal study
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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