Volunteering as a productive ageing activity: the association with fall-related hip fracture in later life

Warburton, Jennifer R. and Peel, Nancye M. (2008) Volunteering as a productive ageing activity: the association with fall-related hip fracture in later life. European Journal of Ageing, 5 2: 129-136. doi:10.1007/s10433-008-0081-9


Author Warburton, Jennifer R.
Peel, Nancye M.
Title Volunteering as a productive ageing activity: the association with fall-related hip fracture in later life
Journal name European Journal of Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1613-9372
Publication date 2008-06-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10433-008-0081-9
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 129
End page 136
Total pages 7
Place of publication Germany
Publisher Sprimger
Language eng
Subject 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Abstract his paper aims to contribute to the literature on the relationship between productive and healthy ageing as two key theoretical concepts in contemporary ageing. Specifically, volunteering as a productive activity in later life has been associated with social and health benefits for older people. Evidence from the literature has generally focused on global outcomes, such as mortality and self-rated health, or on measures of psychological well-being. This study explored whether volunteering is protective of an important adverse health outcome in later life, that of fall-related hip fracture, utilising data from a case control study of 387 participants. The results showed that volunteer activity in older age remained significantly protective of hip fracture risk [OR: 0.61 (0.38–0.99)], independent of social and physical activity, social support and health status, supporting the hypothesis of a relationship between the concepts of productive and healthy ageing. Whilst further studies are clearly needed to establish causality, these results suggest that health benefits of volunteering in later life might be more extensive than previous studies have shown
Keyword volunteering
productive ageing
healthy ageing
hip fracture risk
older age
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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