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Feeling hindered by health problems and functional capacity at 60 years and above.

  • Cecilia Fagerström
  • Göran Holst
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 181-201
Publication/Series: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume: 44
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

It is common to use activities of daily living (ADL) rating scales to identify the impact of health problems such as diseases, impaired eyesight or hearing on daily life. However, for various reasons people with health problems might feel hindered in daily life before limitations in ability to perform ADL have occurred. In addition, there is sparse knowledge of what makes people feel hindered by health problems in relation to their ADL capacity. The aim was to investigate feeling hindered by health problems among 1297 people aged 60–89 living at home in relation to ADL capacity, health problems, life satisfaction, self-esteem, and social and financial resources, using a self-reported questionnaire, including questions from Older Americans’ Resources and Services schedule (OARS), Rosenberg's self-esteem and Life Satisfaction Index Z (LSIZ). People feeling greatly hindered by health problems rarely had anyone who could help when they needed support, had lower life satisfaction and self-esteem than those not feeling hindered. Feeling hindered by health problems appeared to take on a different meaning depending on ADL capacity, knowledge that seems essential to include when accomplishing health promotion and rehabilitation interventions, especially at the early stages of reduced ADL capacity.


  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
  • ADL capacity
  • Availability of help
  • Health problems
  • Life satisfaction
  • Older adults
  • Self-esteem


  • ISSN: 1872-6976
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions