Trends in health behaviors in the old-old population: Results from a national survey

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield*

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This study aimed to examine changes in the practice of health behaviors (smoking, physical activity, and alcohol consumption) via comparing two Israeli cohorts of persons aged 75 to 94 over a 10-year period. Data collection was conducted during 1989-1992 for the first cohort (N = 1,200) and during 2000-2002 for the second (N = 421). Decreases in smoking indices (rates of current smokers, total nicotine consumption, years of smoking), increase in physical activity levels, and decreases in alcohol consumption of liquor and whiskey were found in the more recent cohort compared to the earlier one. Sex differences were found with regards to alcohol consumption and smoking. The findings indicate consistent improvements in health behaviors of smoking, physical activity, and alcohol consumption of beverages other than beer or wine in old-old Israeli persons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


FundersFunder number
Israeli Multidisciplinary Aging Study
National Institute on AgingR01-AG05885-03, R01-5885-06, R01AG005885
Israel National Institute for Health Policy ResearchA/2/1998


    • Health behaviors
    • alcohol consumption
    • old-old
    • physical activity
    • smoking


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