Performance Improvement 2009. What Aspects of Independent Living for the Disabled Should Be Included in Future Surveys?

01/01/2009

This study used data on how older Americans spend their time to seek insights into enhancements to common survey measures of activity limitation and participation restrictions experienced in late life.

Researchers found several areas of activity participation not commonly measured but that may be important features of independent living. For future surveys, researchers recommended adding several "quality of life" activities like socializing with others, travel and leisure, administrative activities like handling the mail/e-mail, home repairs or arranging for and using services, "helping" activities like volunteering and caring for others, and self care activities like physical exercise and health self-care.

Report Title: The Daily Activities of the Community-Dwelling Elderly: Evidence from the American Time Use Survey http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2006/cdelderly.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: William Marton, 202-690-6443
Performer: Urban Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
PIC ID: 9039

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