Disability and principal lifetime occupation in the elderly

Cristina Geroldi, Giovanni B. Frisoni, Renzo Rozzini, Marco Trabucchi

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This study addresses the relationship of disability with principal lifetime occupation in the elderly. Daily function, cognitive, and physical health variables were assessed in an Italian population of 524 community- dwelling elders aged seventy and over. Farmers had 1.4 (95% C.I.: 0.6 to 2.2) instrumental daily functions lost higher than white-collar workers. Adjustment for age, education, and financial dissatisfaction with multiple linear regression analysis decreased the difference to a still significant figure of 0.9 (95% C.I.: 0.1 to 1.7). On the contrary, adjustment only for cognitive status resulted in complete disappearance of the association [0.2 functions lost (95% C.I.: -0.5 to 0.9)]. The data indicate that granter disability in the most disadvantaged occupational groups may be due to poorer cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Ageing
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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