Feeling hindered by health problems and functional capacity at 60 years and above

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Cecilia Fagerström, Göran Holst, Ingalill R Hallberg
Title: Feeling hindered by health problems and functional capacity at 60 years and above
Journal: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Year: 2007
Volume: 44
Issue: 2
Pagination: 181-201
ISSN: 0167-4943
Publisher: Elsevier
ISI number: 000243671400010
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
Authors e-mail: cecilia.fagerstrom@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: It is common to use activities of daily living (ADL) rating scales to identify the impact of health problems such as diseases, impaired eyesight or hearing on daily life. However, for various reasons people with health problems might feel hindered in daily life before limitations in ability to perform ADL have occurred. In addition, there is sparse knowledge of what makes people feel hindered by health problems in relation to their ADL capacity. The aim was to investigate feeling hindered by health problems among 1297 people aged 60–89 living at home in relation to ADL capacity, health problems, life satisfaction, self-esteem, and social and financial resources, using a self-reported questionnaire, including questions from OARS (Older Americans’ Resources and Services schedule), Rosenberg’s self-esteem and Life Satisfaction Index Z. People feeling greatly hindered by health problems rarely had anyone who could help when they needed support, had lower life satisfaction and self-esteem than those not feeling hindered. Feeling hindered by health problems appeared to take on a different meaning depending on ADL capacity, knowledge that seems essential to include when accomplishing health promotion and rehabilitation interventions, especially at the early stages of reduced ADL capacity.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: ADL capacity; Availability of help; Health problems; Life satisfaction; Older adults; Self-esteem
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