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Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities.

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Gurland, BJ; Page, W; Small, B; McArdle, JJ; Plassman, BL
Published in: Health Psychol Res
September 30, 2015

The aim of this study is to estimate heritability of incident limitations on personally desired activities within the eighth decade of life. We measured self-rated ability to perform ten personally desired activities in 1606 male veteran twin pairs at baseline and four years later. At follow-up, 33% of the cohort reported more limitations in desired activities. Among twins who completed both assessments, there were no statistically significant differences in incidence rates of limitations as a function of zygosity. Sensitivity tests showed the same for change scores; and that, if cognitive impairment or death are deemed to belong among limitations of desired activities, zygosity contributed 10% to new limitations at follow-up. Maintaining personally desired activities over four years in the eighth decade is not subject to substantial genetic influence. However, if death and cognitive impairment are added to incident limitations, then genetics plays a modest role. In all cases, unique environment is the predominant influence.

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Health Psychol Res

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2420-8124

Publication Date

September 30, 2015

Volume

3

Issue

2

Start / End Page

1981

Location

United States
 

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Gurland, B. J., Page, W., Small, B., McArdle, J. J., & Plassman, B. L. (2015). Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities. Health Psychol Res, 3(2), 1981. https://doi.org/10.4081/hpr.2015.1981
Gurland, Barry J., William Page, Brent Small, John J. McArdle, and Brenda L. Plassman. “Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities.Health Psychol Res 3, no. 2 (September 30, 2015): 1981. https://doi.org/10.4081/hpr.2015.1981.
Gurland BJ, Page W, Small B, McArdle JJ, Plassman BL. Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities. Health Psychol Res. 2015 Sep 30;3(2):1981.
Gurland, Barry J., et al. “Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities.Health Psychol Res, vol. 3, no. 2, Sept. 2015, p. 1981. Pubmed, doi:10.4081/hpr.2015.1981.
Gurland BJ, Page W, Small B, McArdle JJ, Plassman BL. Heritability of Health and Aging Limitations on Personally Desired Activities. Health Psychol Res. 2015 Sep 30;3(2):1981.

Published In

Health Psychol Res

DOI

ISSN

2420-8124

Publication Date

September 30, 2015

Volume

3

Issue

2

Start / End Page

1981

Location

United States