Health practices and incident disability among the elderly

Am J Public Health. 1985 Dec;75(12):1436-9. doi: 10.2105/ajph.75.12.1436.


This investigation examines the relationships between certain personal health practices and point-incident physical limitations over a five-year period among initially physically robust elders living in the communities. Slowed down physical activities (for elderly women) and a history of cigarette smoking (for elderly men) achieved associations with subsequent physical limitations; no firm associations between current lifestyle practices and onset of disability could be demonstrated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Behavior*
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Physical Exertion
  • Smoking