Trends in the Incidence of Activities of Daily Living Disability among Chinese Older Adults from 2002 to 2014

Zhi Hao Li, Yue Bin Lv, Virginia Byers Kraus, Zhao Xue Yin, Si Min Liu, Xiao Chang Zhang, Xiang Gao, Wen Fang Zhong, Qing Mei Huang, Jie Si Luo, Yi Zeng, Jin Dong Ni, Chen Mao, Xiao Ming Shi

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Abstract

Background: Evidence of the trend of the incidence of activities of daily living (ADL) disability among Chinese older people is limited. We aimed to investigate the time trends and potential risk factors for the incidence of ADL disability among Chinese older people (≥65 years). Methods: We established two consecutive and nonoverlapping cohorts (6,857 participants in the 2002 cohort and 5,589 participants in the 2008 cohort) from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey. ADL disability was defined as the need for assistance with at least one essential activity (dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, indoor activities, and continence). Cox proportional hazards models were used to identify factors associated with the trend in the incidence of ADL disability from 2002 to 2014. Results: The incidence (per 1,000 person-years) of ADL disability decreased significantly from 64.2 in the 2002 cohort to 46.6 in the 2008 cohort (p < .001), and decreasing trends in the incidence of ADL disability were observed for all sex, age, and residence subgroups (all p < .001), even after adjusting for multiple potential confounding factors. Moreover, we found that adjustment for sociodemographic, lifestyle information, and cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke) explained less of the decline in ADL disability during the period from 2002 to 2014. Conclusion: The incidence of ADL disability among the older adults in China appears to have decreased during the study period, and this finding cannot be explained by existing sociodemographic and lifestyle information and cardiovascular risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2113-2118
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Volume75
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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