The health behaviors of the older US worker
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 427–437, June 2007
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Fleming, L. E., Lee, D. J., Martinez, A. J. C., LeBlanc, W. G., McCollister, K. E., Bridges, K. C., Christ, S. L., Arheart, K. L. and Pitman, T. (2007), The health behaviors of the older US worker. Am. J. Ind. Med., 50: 427–437. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20468
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 14 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 MAR 2007
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: # R01 OH03915
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As the US workforce ages, lifestyle factors will increasingly affect their health, yet little information is available on their prevalence in older working populations.
Using the nationally representative 1997–2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), reported current smoking, risky drinking and leisure-time physical activity behaviors of older workers (≥65 years) were compared with older non-workers. These behaviors were evaluated by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and occupation, as well as prototype “healthy” and “risky” persons.
The study population of 4,946 older US workers and 38,313 older non-workers represented an estimated 3.9 million older workers and 28.9 million older non-workers annually. Relative to older non-workers, older workers reported more current smoking and risky drinking, but higher levels of leisure-time physical activity with variations by subpopulations.
Less than 4% of the older US worker population reported overall healthy behaviors. Certain occupations and other subpopulations can be targeted for age-appropriate behavioral interventions. Am. J. Ind. Med. 50:427–437, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.