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The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: Surprising study finds that little old ladies enjoy playing bingo.

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflAugust 26, 2009 12:00 AM

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Who plays bingo in later life? The sedentary lifestyles of 'little old ladies'.

"Bingo is a popular past time with less than 20% of seniors, but the prevailing stereotype of bingo players describes elderly women with nothing better to do, smoking heavily while gambling away their limited income day after day. Little research has actually explored the lifestyles of seniors who frequent the bingo halls or identified social factors explaining who plays and why. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to clarify the social context and lifestyle characteristics of seniors who regularly invest money on bingo... ...RESULTS: Being female, more elderly, living in rental accommodation, receiving federal income supplements and reporting more health problems were significant predictors of more money typically spent on bingo (18% variance explained), and these findings lend support to the "little old lady" stereotype. However, sedentary living, rather than smoking, was the only significant and predictive lifestyle pattern, suggesting that the lifestyle vices projected about bingo players are not entirely accurate."

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