|The Impact of Physical Activity on Disability Incidence among Older Adults in Mexico and the United States.
|Year of Publication
|Gerst, K, Michaels-Obregon, A, Wong, R
|J Aging Res
|2011 Apr 10
Evidence suggests that transitions among older adults towards healthy habits, such as physical activity, appear underway in developed countries such as the USA but not in developing countries such as Mexico. However, little is known about the potential benefit of physical activity in preventing disability among elders in countries at different stages of epidemiological transition. We explore the impact of physical activity on the disablement process among elders in Mexico compared to the USA. Data are from two waves of the Mexican Health and Aging Study and the Health and Retirement Study. We examine the impact of exercise on the transition from no disability to ADL limitations two years later. Findings indicate that exercise is more common in the U.S. than in Mexico. There is a positive effect of exercise on negative outcomes in both countries. However, the protective effect of exercise is stronger in the U.S. than in Mexico.
|User Guide Notes
MHAS_/physical Activity/DISABILITY/DISABILITY/developing countries/developing countries/exercise
|J Aging Res
|PubMed Central ID
|R01 AG018016 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG025533 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD051764 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
T32 AG000270 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States