ADL capacity and feeling hindered by health problems at 60 years and above

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Cecilia Fagerström, Göran Holst, Ingalill R Hallberg
Title: ADL capacity and feeling hindered by health problems at 60 years and above
Conference name: Geriatrics 2006 International Congress of Elderly Health.
Year: 2006
City: Istanbul, Turkey
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: A common consequence of health problems such as diseases is a reduced ability to manage activities in daily living (ADL). Despite ADL capacity is frequently used to identify the impact of health problems on daily living it is still not well known what make people feel hindered in daily life with more or less inability to perform ADL. Such knowledge about feeling hindered by health problems can be useful when planning for interventions in an early stage already when people, regarding to ADL-rating scales have modest impaired ability to perform ADL or even not captured by ADL-scales. The aim of this study was to investigate feeling hindered by health problems among people (n=958) age 60-96 years living in ordinary home in relation to ADL capacity, health problems as well as social and financial resources, sense of coherence and life satisfaction. The data is taken from a questionnaire and a medical examination which were carried out in a baseline survey in one of the four including centres (Blekinge) of the longitudinal multi-centre cohort study The Swedish National study on Ageing and Care (SNAC) (Lagergren et al., 2004). Data indicated that people feel hindered by their health problems before they became impaired in ADL capacity. Feeling greatly hindered by health problems was mainly associated with factors linked to the person’s musculoskeletal system but also to fatigue as well as avoiding being outdoors afraid to fall and had a varying association with feeling hindered in various levels of ADL capacity. The broader question about feeling hindered by health problems used in this study might be an early marker of the impact of functional limitations in daily activities. Combining people’s ADL capacity with the question of feeling hindered may also be a more sensitive way to identify those in need of rehabilitation or other interventions, especially at early stages of health decline compared to investigate ADL capacity solely.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General