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Do Productive Activities Reduce Inflammation in Later Life? Multiple Roles, Frequency of Activities, and C-Reactive Protein.
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PMID:  23969258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
DESIGN AND METHODS: The study uses a representative survey of adults aged 57-85 from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (N = 1,790). Linear regression models were used to analyze the effects of multiple roles (employment, volunteering, attending meetings, and caregiving) and the frequency of activity within each role on log values of CRP concentration (mg/L) drawn from assayed blood samples.
RESULTS: Number of roles for productive activities was associated with lower levels of CRP net of chronic conditions, lifestyle factors, and socioeconomic resources. When specific types of activity were examined, volunteering manifested the strongest association with lower levels of inflammation, particularly in the 70+ group. There was no evidence that frequent engagement in volunteer activity was associated with heightened inflammation.
IMPLICATIONS: Productive activities-and frequent volunteering in particular-may protect individuals from inflammation that is associated with increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Seoyoun Kim; Kenneth F Ferraro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-8-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Gerontologist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-5341     ISO Abbreviation:  Gerontologist     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-8-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375327     Medline TA:  Gerontologist     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
*Address correspondence to Seoyoun Kim, MS, Center on Aging and the Life Course and Department of Sociology, Purdue University, Hanley Hall, 1202W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055. E-mail:
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