Associations of vacation time with lifestyle, long-term mortality and health-related quality of life in old age : The Helsinki Businessmen Study

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Strandberg , T E , von Bonsdorff , M , Strandberg , A , Pitkala , K & Raikkonen , K 2017 , ' Associations of vacation time with lifestyle, long-term mortality and health-related quality of life in old age : The Helsinki Businessmen Study ' , European Geriatric Medicine , vol. 8 , no. 3 , pp. 260-264 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2017.03.003

Title: Associations of vacation time with lifestyle, long-term mortality and health-related quality of life in old age : The Helsinki Businessmen Study
Author: Strandberg, T. E.; von Bonsdorff, M.; Strandberg, A.; Pitkala, K.; Raikkonen, K.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Medicum
Date: 2017-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: European Geriatric Medicine
ISSN: 1878-7649
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304255
Abstract: Introduction: There are few longitudinal studies of relationships between vacation and later health outcomes. We studied these during a 26-year follow-up of the Helsinki Businessmen Study. Methods: In 1974, at mean age of 47 years, 2741 members of a cohort of executives and businessmen born 1919-1934 were clinically examined and reported their annual vacation time (dichotomized >21 [n = 2001]vs. Results: At baseline, shorter vacation was associated with longer work time, higher BMI, more coffee consumption and worse SRH. During the 26-year follow-up, 778 men out of 2741 (28.4%) had died. Shorter annual vacation was associated with higher mortality with curves starting to diverge after 18 years of follow-up, (fully adjusted hazard ratio 1.29, 95% confidence interval 1.08-1.55, P = 0.005). In old age, shorter vacation in midlife was tentatively associated with worse general health. Conclusions: Shorter vacation time in midlife was associated with characteristics related to lifestyle and with worse perceived health status, and predicted mortality up to old age in men. (C) 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS and European Union Geriatric Medicine Society. All rights reserved.
Subject: Holidays
Lifestyle
Mortality
Quality of life
Self-rated health
Vacation
CORONARY-HEART-DISEASE
WORKING HOURS
FOLLOW-UP
METAANALYSIS
RISK
MEN
MIDLIFE
3121 Internal medicine
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