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Body Mass, Physical Activity and Future Care Needs

Nizalova, Olena, Forder, Julien E., Gousia, Katerina (2014) Body Mass, Physical Activity and Future Care Needs. In: International Long-term Care Policy Network Conference 2014, 31 August - 3 September 2014, LSE, London. (KAR id:46752)

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Abstract

Previous literature shows that Body Mass Index (obesity status) is a strong predictor of the

disability and functional limitations. Relying on the data from the English Longitudinal Survey of

Ageing over the period from 2002 to 2011, we find that obesity status is also a significant risk

factor in determining future informal care needs but not formal care use, even after controlling for

ADLs and IADLS and for specific existing health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure,

and CVD. Obese elderly are 1.7-1.8 times more likely to use informal care and privately paid care,

but not formal care, in two-year’s time. Sensitivity analysis on a restricted sample shows that this

result is not driven by prediabetes. We also find that physical activity is associated with a

significantly lower likelihood of using any mode of care in the future, with the strongest effect for

formal care use. Moreover, the effect of obesity on informal care use is larger for females, but the

protective effect of physical activity is stronger for males.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Olena Nizalova
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 11:52 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 14:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/46752 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Nizalova, Olena: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1704-2632
Forder, Julien E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7793-4328
Gousia, Katerina: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2494-786X
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