Functional impairments

People aged 55 years and over with difficulties in personal care activities

2019
450 000

People aged 55 years and over with difficulties in household activities

2019
931 000

People aged 55 years and over with unmet need for assistance in personal care activities

2019
114 000

Description

Health impairments make it difficult or impossible for people to fulfil everyday requirements and participate in social life. Functional limitations in old age can lead to a person needing assistance or care. Therefore, it is important to collect information on the functional health status of the population.

The Austrian Health Interview Survey (ATHIS) contains questions on perceived limitations in sensory, mobility and cognitive abilities as well as a subjective assessment of problems in activities of daily living and in household activities that make independent living difficult or impossible. ATHIS has been conducted every six years since 2019 (previously 2006/07 and 2014).

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Highlights

Support and support needs for limitations in basic activities of daily living 2019 by sex and age – absolute in 1 000 and in percent (table)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Health Interview Survey 2019. Compiled on 14 July 2020. – Population in private households aged 55 years and more. – Basic activities of daily living (ADL) are food intake, mobility in the sense of getting up and sitting down independently or personal hygiene.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Health Interview Survey 2019. Compiled on 14 July 2020. – Population in private households aged 55 years and more. – Household activities or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are shopping, doing housework or banking.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Health Interview Survey 2019. Compiled on 14 July 2020. – Population in private households aged 15 years and more.

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