International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008


Analysis of predicting factors which cause functional dependence among elderly people

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008 - Pages 117-126


Jos? Jes?s G?zquez Linares, Ramona Rubio Herrera, Mar?a del Carmen P?rez Fuentes and Francisca Lucas Aci


This paper analyzes the relation which exists among various factors which can be considered
to cause dependence (education level, physical exercise, consumption of alcohol and tobacco,
life satisfaction, and income level) and the level of dependency demonstrated by different
subjects during basic and instrumental activities of daily living. In this way, we can observe
that as education level, life satisfaction, physical activity and consumption of alcohol
increase (with basic activities) level of dependency decreases. Furthermore, we can observe
that as negative perception toward health, perception of incapability and tobacco
consumption increase (with instrumental activities) level of dependency increases.

Key words:

elderly people, dependency, predicting factors, activities of daily living

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