Men benefit most from 'retail therapy'

April 7, 2011 2:30:07 PM PDT
Heard the expression ''retail therapy?'' Well it turns out it's no joke.

Researchers in Taiwan claim elderly people who shop daily live longer than their less shopping-prone peers. Also, so-called "retail therapy" seemed to benefit men more than women. Why the connection?

Authors say frequent shopping involves walking and that can improve heart health as well as balance and coordination. It also helps older adults feel included in their community.

Scientists stress there is not enough research to conclude that shopping itself increases longevity.