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Type: Journal article
Title: The Australian baby boomer population-factors influencing changes to health-related quality of life over time
Author: Buckley, J.
Tucker, G.
Hugo, G.
Wittert, G.
Adams, R.
Wilson, D.
Citation: Journal of Aging and Health, 2013; 25(1):29-55
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0898-2643
1552-6887
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Jennifer Buckley, Graeme Tucker, Graeme Hugo, Gary Wittert, Robert J. Adams, and David H. Wilson
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Identify factors associated with changes to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in baby boomers. METHODS: Panel data were collected on baby boomers at two time points, 2000-2002 and 2004-2006. A fixed-effects model was used to identify associations between changes in the dependent variable (SF-36 summary scales) and changes in independent variables (health indicators/employment status). RESULTS: Mental health problems, being out of labor force, sedentary behavior, and severe lung disease were associated with deterioration in physical and mental HRQoL. Obesity was associated with deterioration in physical HRQoL whereas cardiovascular disease was associated with deterioration in mental HRQoL. Unemployment, full-time employment, and absence of lung disease symptoms were associated with improvements in physical and mental HRQoL. Discussion: If we are to maximize the future labor participation, and HRQoL, of this cohort, it will be necessary to reduce obesity and sedentary behavior and to further investigate the association between health and employment.
Keywords: active life expectancy; epidemiology; health behaviors; well-being
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
RMID: 0020124660
DOI: 10.1177/0898264312464885
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Australian Population and Migration Research Centre publications

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