Changes in use of time, activity patterns and health and wellbeing across retirement: design and methods of the Life After Work study

Maher, Carol A., Burton, Nicola W., van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z., Brown, Wendy J., Sprod, Judy A. and Old, Tim S. (2013) Changes in use of time, activity patterns and health and wellbeing across retirement: design and methods of the Life After Work study. BMC Public Health, 13 1: 952.1-952.7. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-952


Author Maher, Carol A.
Burton, Nicola W.
van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z.
Brown, Wendy J.
Sprod, Judy A.
Old, Tim S.
Title Changes in use of time, activity patterns and health and wellbeing across retirement: design and methods of the Life After Work study
Journal name BMC Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2458
Publication date 2013-10-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-13-952
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 952.1
End page 952.7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Abstract Background: Retirement is a major life transition during which people restructure everyday activities; however little is known about this. The primary aim of the Life After Work study is to comprehensively measure changes in time use and patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and its associations with health and wellbeing, across the retirement transition.
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Background: Retirement is a major life transition during which people restructure everyday activities; however little is known about this. The primary aim of the Life After Work study is to comprehensively measure changes in time use and patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and its associations with health and wellbeing, across the retirement transition.

Methods/Design: A target sample of 120 participants aged 50 years and over will be recruited in two Australian state capital cities, Adelaide and Brisbane. Participants will undertake a battery of assessments approximately 3 months prior to retirement, and 3, 6 and 12 months post-retirement. Measures will include self-reported use of time (using the Multimedia Activity Recall for Children and Adults), objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary behaviour (using Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometers), self-reported health and well-being (using a battery of questionnaires including the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), Australian Unity Personal Well-being Index (AUPWI), Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21 (DASS21), Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale, UCLA Loneliness Scale, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale), retirement circumstances and socio-demographic characteristics, objectively assessed anthropometric measures (height, weight and waist circumference), and resting blood pressure. Multivariate mixed models will be used to examine changes in use of time, health and well-being across retirement.

Discussion: The results will provide important new information that will inform the development of lifestyle and policy interventions to address and improve health and well-being in retirement.
Keyword Ageing
Retirement
Use of time
Physical activity
Sedentary behaviour
Social interaction
Longitudinal
Wellbeing
Exercise
Life events
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP110101738
569940
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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