The Influence of the End of Life on the Extent of Informal Help Received by Older Adults

Robert Johnson, Timothy J. Gallagher, Fredric D. Wolinsky

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Abstract

This study examines the extent of informal help received in the home among the respondents to the Longitudinal Study on Aging. The focus is on the direct effects of health status on receiving informal help for activities of daily living (ADLs) and how receiving that informal help is influenced by proximity to death. The findings show that proximity to death is consistently related to receiving help from friends and relatives for those receiving help with basic and household ADLs. The findings also show how different dimensions of health status affect getting help. In addition to the effects of various dimensions of health status, some sociodemographic factors are important. The extent of informal help with basic and advanced ADLs increases with age, but socially isolated individuals (e.g., those living alone) receive substantially less help for all ADLs. Socioeconomic factors and race are for the most part unrelated to getting informal help.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-283
Number of pages25
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Activities of Daily Living
Health Status
health status
death
sociodemographic factors
socioeconomic factors
Longitudinal Studies
longitudinal study

Keywords

  • ADL
  • End of life
  • Health status
  • LSOA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The Influence of the End of Life on the Extent of Informal Help Received by Older Adults. / Johnson, Robert; Gallagher, Timothy J.; Wolinsky, Fredric D.

In: Research on Aging, Vol. 26, No. 2, 03.2004, p. 259-283.

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Johnson, Robert ; Gallagher, Timothy J. ; Wolinsky, Fredric D. / The Influence of the End of Life on the Extent of Informal Help Received by Older Adults. In: Research on Aging. 2004 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 259-283.
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