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: 50-54. doi:10.1111/ajag.12041


Author Helmes, Edward
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Carer levels of concern on driving and other activities in older people that put others at risk
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12041
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 50
End page 54
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Objectives
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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. 
Keyword Cooking
Dementia
Driving
Financial management
Risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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