Check out our interactive infographic to see progress toward the Older Adults objectives and other Healthy People topic areas. As Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In , Aging adults experience higher risk of chronic disease. Chronic conditions can lower quality of life for older adults and contribute to the leading causes of death among this population. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of includes provisions that added certain preventive services to Medicare, including cancer screenings and immunizations.
Family Support and Diminished Control in Older Adults: The Role of Proxy Control
Age, aging, and the sense of control among older adults: a longitudinal reconsideration.
Diminished personal control over tasks and decisions in later life, shifted to caregiving kin or others, has been associated with negative psychosocial outcomes. This study employs qualitative interview data from older adults in assisted living to examine their accounts of how control was transferred to kin or quasi-kin, focusing on decisions by older kin to delegate tasks proxy control. While many transfer events were not fully described, among those with full information there was a clear connection between use of proxy transfer and a positive evaluation. Proxy control shows promise as a strategy to minimize negative outcomes from age-related loss of control and warrants further study. This paper proposes a potentially-important and under-researched linkage between two developed research literatures, the first on family care for older adults and the second on loss of control with advanced age. Age-related loss of control or mastery is also well-established in the literature, although proposed causes e.
A recent study finds that older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health -- not a sense of control -- play a significant role in how old younger adults feel. The more control older adults think they have, the younger they feel. For this study, researchers had older adults ages and younger adults ages fill out a daily survey for eight consecutive days.
Fredric D. Wolinsky, Kathleen W. Wyrwich, Ajit N. Babu, Kurt Kroenke, William M. The purpose of this study was to first estimate the crude cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between age and the sense of control, and then to partition any joint variance attributable to a theoretically specified set of potential confounders.