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Personality and reduced incidence of walking limitation in late life: findings from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study.
Tolea MI; Ferrucci L; Costa PT; Faulkner K; Rosano C; Satterfield S; Ayonayon HN; Simonsick EM; The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study
J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2012 Nov; 67(6):712-719
Objectives. To examine the association between openness to experience and conscientiousness and incident reported walking limitation. Method. The study population consisted of 786 men and women aged 71-81 years (M = 75 years, SD = 2.7) participating in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition-Cognitive Vitality Substudy. RESULTS: Nearly 20% of participants (155/786) developed walking limitation during 6 years of follow-up. High openness was associated with a reduced risk of walking limitation (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.83, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.69-0.98), independent of sociodemographic factors, health conditions, and conscientiousness. This association was not mediated by lifestyle factors and was not substantially modified by other risk factors for functional disability. Conscientiousness was not associated with risk of walking limitation (HR = 0.91, 95% CI = 0.77-1.07). Discussion. Findings suggest that personality dimensions, specifically higher openness to experience, may contribute to functional resilience in late life.
Posture; Body-mechanics; Analytical-processes; Age-groups; Physical-fitness; Physiological-factors; Physiological-function; Physiology; Behavior; Weight-factors; Risk-factors; Sociological-factors; Personality-traits; Author Keywords: Conscientiousness; Functional limitations; Openness to experience; Personality
Magdalena Tolea, PhD, Gerontology Program, School of Social Work, University of Missouri-St Louis, St Louis, MO 63121
Issue of Publication
The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
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