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Frequent shopping by men and women increases survival in the older Taiwanese population. Background; Active ageing is a key to healthy ageing; shopping behaviour is an economically relevant activity of the elderly.Methods; Analysis was based on the NAHSIT 1999–2000 dataset. A total of 1841 representative free-living elderly Taiwanese people were selected and information included demographics, socioeconomic status, health behaviours, shopping frequencies, physical function and cognitive function. These data were linked to official death records. Cox proportional hazard models were used to evaluate shopping frequency on death from 1999–2008 with possible covariate adjustment. Results; Highly frequent shopping compared to never or rarely predicted survival (HR 0.54, 95% CI 0.43 to 0.67) with adjustment for physical function and cognitive function and other covariates HR was 0.73 (95% CI 0.56 to 0.93). Elderly who shopped every day have 27% less risk of death than the least frequent shoppers. Men benefited more from everyday shopping than women with decreased HR 28% versus 23% compared to the least.Conclusion; Shopping behaviour favourably predicts survival. Highly frequent shopping may favour men more than women. Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community’s cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity.Authors: Yu-Hung Chang, Rosalind Chia-Yu Chen, Mark L Wahlqvist, Meei-Shyuan Lee. –  Division of Health Policy Research and Development, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan. Correspondence to Dr Yu-Hung Chang. Sources: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health ~  Shopping is the examining of goods or services from retailers with the intent to purchase at that time. Shopping is an

activity of selection and/or purchase. In some contexts it is considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one. In ancient Rome, there was Trajan’s Market with tabernae that served as retailing units. Shopping lists are known to be used by Romans as one was discovered by Hadrian’s wall dated back to 75–125 AD and written for a soldier.To many, shopping is considered a recreational and diversional activity in which one visits a variety of stores with a premeditated intent to purchase a product. “Window shopping” is an activity that shoppers engage in by browsing shops with no intent to purchase, possibly just to pass the time between other activities, or to plan a later purchase.To some, shopping is a task of inconvenience and vexation. Shoppers sometimes go though great lengths to wait in long lines to buy popular products as typically observed with early adopter shoppers and holiday shoppers.According to a 2000 report, women purchase or influence the purchase of 80% of all consumer goods and influence 80% of health-care decisions. Fairs and markets have a long history that started when man felt the need to exchange goods. People would shop for goods at a weekly market in nearby towns. Then shops began to be permanently established. Shops were specialized , e.g. a bakery, a butchery, a grocer. Then supermarkets appeared.There have been three major phases in the shopping / trading world in the last 100 years. In a way, these link up into a full circle. 1. Customers would be served by the shopkeeper, who would retrieve all the good on their shopping list. Shops would often deliver the goods to the customers’ homes. 2. Customers have to select goods, retrieve them off the shelves using self service, and even pack their own goods. Customers deliver their own goods. 3. Customers select goods via the internet. The goods are delivered to their homes as in phase one. GoodNews International

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