Health and Aging reading notes chapter 8

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Functional health refers to the ability to take care of personal needs. Health promotion programs optimize health and health behaviours and intervene in illness. Quality of life is an overarching construct that includes optimal health and maintenance of independence. Katz, ford, moskowitz, jackson, and jaffe developed the first adl scale to measure a person"s ability to complete. 6 basic functions: bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring from bed to a chair, continence, eating. Measure by asking either the person or the caregiver whether a task can be completed. Answers rated into 3 levels: ability to perform the task independently, ability to perform the task with some assistance. Inability to complete the task even with assistance. Another way to assess is to watch the patient. Inability to perform adl increases with age especially for women. To complete iadls a person has to have the physical and mental abilities to perform a task as well motivation.

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