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Impairment in mid-life raises risk of hospitalization and death

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic leader on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

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Adults in their 50s and 60s who have trouble with basic activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing are more likely to be hospitalized or end up in a nursing home compared with unimpaired adults the same age, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Factors such as chronic disease, depression and obesity can contribute to functional impairment; intervention strategies are needed to prevent adverse outcomes and delay struggles with daily activities that affect health and quality of life. Continue reading