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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Aging and Human Development|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology