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Table 1 Characteristics of socially isolated and not isolated groups (n (%) unless stated otherwise; N = 267a)

From: Associations between social isolation, loneliness, and objective physical activity in older men and women

  Isolated (n = 107) Not isolated (n = 160) P difference
Sex
 Male 60 (56.1) 76 (47.5) 0.17
 Female 47 (43.9) 84 (52.5)  
Age, years
 50–59 21 (19.6) 37 (23.1) 0.92
 60–69 46 (43.0) 67 (41.9)  
 70–79 36 (33.6) 50 (31.3)  
  ≥ 80 4 (3.7) 6 (3.8)  
Education
 No qualifications 52 (48.6) 55 (34.4) 0.07
 Intermediate 23 (21.5) 44 (27.5)  
 Higher education 32 (29.9) 61 (38.1)  
Wealth quintile
 1 (lowest) 26 (24.3) 28 (17.5) 0.21
 2 27 (25.2) 33 (20.6)  
 3 21 (19.6) 28 (17.5)  
 4 21 (19.6) 39 (24.4)  
 5 (highest) 12 (11.2) 32 (20.0)  
Married 56 (52.3) 103 (64.4) 0.05
Smoking status
 Non-smoker 80 (74.8) 132 (82.5) 0.19
 Former smoker 9 (8.4) 6 (3.8)  
 Current smoker 18 (16.8) 22 (13.8)  
Alcohol consumption
  < 5 times per week 87 (81.3) 131 (81.9) 0.91
 5–7 times per week 20 (18.7) 29 (18.1)  
Self-rated health
 Excellent 9 (8.4) 27 (16.9) 0.33
 Very good 31 (29.0) 46 (28.7)  
 Good 40 (37.4) 52 (32.5)  
 Fair 22 (20.6) 26 (16.3)  
 Poor 5 (4.7) 9 (5.6)  
Longstanding limiting illness 42 (39.3) 45 (28.1) 0.06
No. of mobility impairments, mean SD 2.07 ± 2.4 1.52 ± 2.3 0.06
Depressive symptoms ≥3 16 (15.0) 25 (15.6) 0.88
Loneliness score, mean SD 1.47 ± 0.6 1.38 ± 0.5 0.21
Days of accelerometer wear, mean SD 5.84 ± 1.3 5.80 ± 1.3 0.80
  1. aSubsample from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, wave 6 [2012–13]