Volunteering and hypertension risk in later life.

TitleVolunteering and hypertension risk in later life.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBurr, JA, Tavares, J, Mutchler, JE
JournalJ Aging Health
Date Published2011 Feb
ISSN Number1552-6887
Call Numbernewpubs20110418_Burr.pdf
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Body Mass Index, Confidence Intervals, Female, Health Behavior, health policy, Health Status, Humans, Hypertension, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Odds Ratio, Psychometrics, Regression Analysis, Risk Factors, Social Support, Surveys and Questionnaires, Volunteers

OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationship between volunteer activity and hypertension, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, renal failure, and cognitive impairment.

METHOD: 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.

RESULTS: 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.

DISCUSSION: The results of this study indicate that research is needed to determine what mediates the relationship between volunteering and hypertension.

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

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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key7575
PubMed ID20971920