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Seniors Who Engage in Shopping Every Day Stay Healthier Longer

Posted Apr 27 2011 9:00am
My father-in-law will not be happy with this report.

In a study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , it was found that seniors who engage in shopping every day, or almost every day, stay healthier longer than those who don't get out of their homes as frequently. 

As reported in Health Day News, Taiwanese researchers found that frequent shopping among seniors is associated with low-impact physical activity and helps them feel involved in their communities. Researchers equated this to “active aging" — staying active via physical, social and economic activity results in healthier aging. 
Of 1,850 participants 22% said they shopped two to four times per week. While the shoppers tended to be younger, the once-a-day shoppers were 27% less likely to die than those who never shopped, even after adjusting for physical and mental impairment. 
“I would not conclude that shopping itself increases longevity. The characteristics of individuals that enable them to shop are associated with greater longevity," S. Jay Olshansky, professor of public health at the University of Illinois , told HealthDay.
Gentlemen, hide those pocketbooks!
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