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Apr092011

Retail Therapy: No Joke?

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Shopping may not be good for the wallet, but it may be good enough to extend your life, especially if you’re older, according to a new study out of Taiwan.

Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 people aged 65 and over and found that those who shopped on a regular basis lived longer. It’s the physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation that researchers say benefits people the most.

"Compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain," researchers concluded.

The findings were published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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