Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women

Amit Shrira, Oleg Zaslavsky, Andrea Z. LaCroix, Rebecca Seguin, Stephen Post, Hilary Tindle, Melanie D Hingle, Nancy Woods, Barbara Cochrane, Lorena Garcia, Eliezer Schnall, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, Yuval Palgi

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Background: the factors that moderate decline in physical functioning as death approaches are understudied. This study aimed to assess death-related decline in global quality of life (QoL) and physical functioning and to test whether baseline QoL moderates terminal decline in physical functioning.Methods: four thousand six hundred and fifty-one decedents from the Women's Health Initiative Study (WHI) rated QoL and physical functioning each year throughout 5 years of follow-up.Results: both QoL and physical functioning showed a steeper decline as a function of years to death than as a function of chronological age. Moreover, decedents with higher QoL at baseline showed a less steep decline in physical functioning as death approached than those with lower QoL at baseline.Conclusion: although QoL strongly decreases across the terminal years, its beneficial influence on physical functioning is evident till the very end of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberafu176
Pages (from-to)520-524
Number of pages5
JournalAge and Ageing
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Global quality of life
  • Older people
  • Physical functioning
  • Terminal change
  • Women's Health Initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Shrira, A., Zaslavsky, O., LaCroix, A. Z., Seguin, R., Post, S., Tindle, H., ... Palgi, Y. (2015). Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women. Age and Ageing, 44(3), 520-524. [afu176]. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu176

Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women. / Shrira, Amit; Zaslavsky, Oleg; LaCroix, Andrea Z.; Seguin, Rebecca; Post, Stephen; Tindle, Hilary; Hingle, Melanie D; Woods, Nancy; Cochrane, Barbara; Garcia, Lorena; Schnall, Eliezer; Rillamas-Sun, Eileen; Palgi, Yuval.

In: Age and Ageing, Vol. 44, No. 3, afu176, 01.05.2015, p. 520-524.

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Shrira, A, Zaslavsky, O, LaCroix, AZ, Seguin, R, Post, S, Tindle, H, Hingle, MD, Woods, N, Cochrane, B, Garcia, L, Schnall, E, Rillamas-Sun, E & Palgi, Y 2015, 'Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women', Age and Ageing, vol. 44, no. 3, afu176, pp. 520-524. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu176
Shrira A, Zaslavsky O, LaCroix AZ, Seguin R, Post S, Tindle H et al. Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women. Age and Ageing. 2015 May 1;44(3):520-524. afu176. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu176
Shrira, Amit ; Zaslavsky, Oleg ; LaCroix, Andrea Z. ; Seguin, Rebecca ; Post, Stephen ; Tindle, Hilary ; Hingle, Melanie D ; Woods, Nancy ; Cochrane, Barbara ; Garcia, Lorena ; Schnall, Eliezer ; Rillamas-Sun, Eileen ; Palgi, Yuval. / Global quality of life modifies terminal change in physical functioning among older adult women. In: Age and Ageing. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 520-524.
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