Disability and principal lifetime occupation in the elderly

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

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Abstract

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
Volume43
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Ageing
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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