|Functional Limitation, Disability and Perceived Health of the Oldest Old: An examination of health status in AHEAD
|Year of Publication
|Lee A. Lillard, Farmer, MM
|Disabilities, Health Conditions and Status
This research focuses on the effects of functional limitation and disability on perceived health status in those age 70 and older. It uses the first wave of the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) and provides a new methodology for the solving methodological issues of threshold response indicators of limitations and disability and conditional wording of questions. The study provides support for the disability process model outlined by Verbrugge and Jette (1994) and also provided insight into the dynamics that operate between demographics, pathology, functional limitation, disability and perceived health status. For functional limitation, the two domains were confirmed: immobility and cognition. Disability also had two domains confirmed: personal care, and household management. Pathologies were found to have a substantial impact on all four domains as well as perceived health status. Controlling for immobility, personal care and household management were not significant predictors of perceived health status.
Aged, 80 and Over/Disability/Disability/Health Status