Carer levels of concern on driving and other activities in older people that put others at risk

Helmes, Edward, and Pachana, Nancy A. (2014) Carer levels of concern on driving and other activities in older people that put others at risk. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 (1). pp. 50-54.

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Objectives: Early signs of dementia may raise concerns in family members as to the safety of the affected person when engaged in common activities. Here we report on the relative frequency of such concerns using data from the three waves of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging (CSHA). Our focus is on driving, cooking and paying bills, with a prediction that most carers' concern would be over driving.

Method: Participants were 2780 Canadians over 65 years, who underwent the first wave of CSHA and were subsequently followed during the next two waves.

Results: As predicted, concerns about driving were relatively more common than concerns about cooking and handling finances (P = 0.021) in the cognitively intact group, with the opposite order observed in the group with dementia.

Conclusion: Carer concerns for those diagnosed with dementia shift with the progression of cognitive changes, with concerns declining over the 10-year period.

Item ID: 32682
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: cooking; dementia; driving; financial management; risk
Funders: Health Canada's NHRDP, Medical Research Council, Pfizer Canada Inc., Bayer Inc., B.C. Health Research Foundation, CIHR, Merck-Frosst, Jansen-Ortho
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 02:08
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing @ 100%
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