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RMJ. 2020; 45(4): 934-937


Impact of food consumption, social network and recreational activities on health of older people in Punjab, Pakistan

Amjad Rehman Asghar, Yasir Nawaz, Falak Sher, Anam Afzal.


Abstract

Objective: To investigate the relationship between foods consumption habits, social network, and recreational activities of the elderly men with their health status in Punjab, Pakistan.
Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted from two districts of Punjab. A sample of 600 respondents was recruited and a pre-coded interview schedule was used for data collection. The data were analyzed through univariate and bivariate analysis to predict the variation in the dependent variable on account of the independent variable.
Results: The study found that better food consumption patterns and strong social ties or social networks improve the health status of elderly men. Elderly men with better recreational facilities tend to have better health outcomes.
Conclusion: Health status of elderly men can be improved by providing opportunities for recreational activities, strengthening social networks and improving food consumption.

Key words: Social networks, health status, gerontology.






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