The Impact of Stroke on Daily Activities in Older Chinese Adults: A Call for More Support
The research paper explores the effect of stroke on the daily activities of older adults in China. It highlights that stroke survivors face several times higher prevalence and severity of activity limitations compared to those without chronic conditions and those with non-stroke chronic conditions. These activity limitations are measured using the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and the Instrumental ADL (IADL) scales, which assess a person's ability to perform basic self-care tasks and more complex tasks necessary for independent living, respectively.
The paper reveals that the prevalence of ADL limitation was significantly higher in the stroke group (14.8%) than in those with non-stroke chronic conditions (4.8%) or no chronic conditions (3.6%). Similarly, the prevalence of IADL limitation was also higher in the stroke group. The paper also found that stroke survivors aged 80 years and above and those without formal education were more likely to face severe activity limitations.
The findings underscore the need for more support for older adult stroke survivors, particularly those aged 80 years and above and those without formal education. By understanding the extent of activity limitations faced by these individuals, we can develop targeted interventions to help them maintain their independence and quality of life.