New Research Brief: When Older People Interact with Weak Social Ties, They Get Up and Move

Wed, July 31, 2019
New Research Brief: When Older People Interact with Weak Social Ties, They Get Up and Move

New research brief by Karen Fingerman, Meng Huo, Susan Charles, and Debra J. Umberson. This brief reports on a study that breaks new ground by measuring the associations of physical activity and mood with both close social ties and weak social ties throughout the day. The authors collected information from 313 adults aged 65-90 about their current behaviors in real time (known as Ecological Momentary Assessments) every three hours while awake over a five-to-six-day period. During these three-hour blocks, the participants reported their social encounters and behaviors. The research participants also wore an accelerometer to provide objective measures of their physical activity and proportion of time sedentary during the study period, thus compensating for memory bias in reporting.

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