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Table 1 Health and demographics, by age and gender (weighted)

From: Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study

  50–69 years old 70–84 years old 85 + years old
Male Female Male Female Male Female
Pet Owners (%) 57.2% 58.3% 37.3% 43.9% 19.0% 22.5%
Married (%) 66.8%1 61.9%2 75.0%1 45.9%2 62.0%1 15.2%2
Own Home (%) 79.8%3 79.2%4 85.4%3 77.0%4 65.0%3 59.6%4
Health Status (M, SD) 2.56 (1.00) 2.57 (1.06) 2.84 (1.06) 2.84 (1.05) 3.17 (1.10) 2.98 (0.99)
Ever Depressed (%) 17.3% 32.1% 9.7% 20.6% 3.5% 11.9%
Depressed in last week (%) 13.1% 13.2% 4.2% 13.0% 2.8% 9.4%
Mild Physical Activity (% every day or once a week) 75.7% 83.6% 67.4% 76.2% 54.9% 73.6%
Moderate Physical Activity (% every day or once a week) 69.1% 65.0% 60.7% 56.6% 61.7% 24.4%
Vigorous Physical Activity (% every day or once a week) 50.9% 36.1% 38.8% 28.5% 4.1% 20.8%
  1. 1Comparison within males; ns, p = 0.15
  2. 2Comparison within females; p < .001, 50 to 69 and 70 to 84 age groups significantly more likely to be married than 85 and older age group
  3. 3Comparison within males; ns, p = 0.08
  4. 4Comparison within females; p = 0.006, 50 to 69 and 70 to 84 age groups significantly more likely to be married than 85 and older age group