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Table 1 Description of activities and number of participants reporting each

From: Measuring the value of older people's production: a diary study

  Activities Occurrences
1 Writing letters to old friends 5
2 Personal administration, e.g. paying bills 11
3 Self-care, e.g. administering drugs 4
4 Fulfilling one's own needs, e.g. shopping and having one's hair cut 11
5 Caring for memorial stones 7
6 Family activities 20
7 Repairs and maintenance of the house (layman level) 19
8 Walking others' dogs 5
9 Needlework/knitting 4
10 Home-help tasks, e.g. assisting with toileting 12
11 Household services for others, e.g. caring for children or gardening for others 28
12 Looking after one's spouse 4
13 Own domestic work, e.g. cleaning or cooking 6
14 Escorting others to hospital, dentist etc. 5
15 Healthcare provided at home 4
16 Visiting a lonely neighbour at home or at a nursing home 10
17 Practical work in a non-profit association, e.g. lottery work or baking bread 10
18 Participation in activities performed by non-profit associations, e.g. the garden association 15
19 Non-profit committee meetings 14
20 Participating in further education 2
21 Owning a company 2
22 Salaried work 2
23 Physical activity 24
24 Commission of trust, paid by municipality, 7
25 Repairs and maintenance work, e.g. painting the windows at home (professional level) 5
26 Spending time with friends 24
27 Making supportive telephone calls 8
28 Gardening at home 23
29 Repairs and maintenance outside one's own home 2