Volunteering and hypertension risk in later life

TitleVolunteering and hypertension risk in later life
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBurr, J, Tavares, JL, Mutchler, JE
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Call Numbernewpubs20110418_Burr.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Risk Taking

This study examined the relationship between volunteer activity and hypertension, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, renal failure, and cognitive impairment. Employing data from the Health and Retirement Study, we estimated regression models of hypertension status that include volunteer activity and psychosocial and health behavior risk factors for middle-aged and older persons. Multivariate analyses showed volunteers had lower hypertension risk and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than nonvolunteers and that a threshold effect was present, whereby a modest amount of volunteer time commitment (but not a high amount) was associated with lower risk of hypertension. We did neither find support that psychosocial and health behaviors mediated this relationship nor find support for a moderating effect of volunteering for the relationships among health behaviors and hypertension. The results of this study indicate that research is needed to determine what mediates the relationship between volunteering and hypertension.

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Endnote Keywords

Volunteers/Hypertension/Risk factors/Cardiovascular disease/Aging/Geriatrics/Older people

Endnote ID


Citation Key7575
PubMed ID20971920