The Prevalence of Older Couples With ADL Limitations and Factors Associated With ADL Help Receipt


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Using the Andersen-Newman model, we investigated the prevalence of activities of daily living (ADLs) limitations in married couples, and couple characteristics associated with ADL help-receipt. In this sample of 3,235 couples age 65+ in the 2004 Health and Retirement Study, 74.3%, 22.1%, and 3.6% were couples in which neither partner, one partner, or both partners had limitations, respectively. Logistic regression results indicate that help-receipt was associated with certain health needs in the couple, but not with their predisposing characteristics or enabling resources. Social workers could target couples most in need of assistance by assessing both partners’ health problems.

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