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Exploring the Differences in Social Care Needs by the Degree of Obesity among Older Adults in England: A Cross-Sectional Study

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posted on 2023-07-26, 16:10 authored by Gargi Ghosh, Hafiz TA Khan, Salim Vohra
Objectives. The study aims to determine the social care need among overweight and obese older adults by identifying the number of social care support receipts from different sources. Methods. A sample of 5640 participants (aged 50 years and over) taken from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing Wave 8 dataset. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to explore the relationship between the study variables. Results. The statistical analyses demonstrated that overweight and obese older adults are the recipients of increasing amounts of informal social care. Moderate and morbidly obese participants are the recipients of increasing amounts of formal care compared to their normal-weight counterparts, with morbid obesity being a strong predictor for receipt of formal care. Conclusions. The present study’s findings demonstrate that for older adults aged 50 years presence of morbid obesity is a strongest predictor for receipt of formal care, and their well-being is not associated with formal or informal care receipt. The findings on how wider lifestyle factors influence the number of social care receipts, from different sources, may help policymakers and healthcare providers to allocate limited resources for adult social care services and promote healthy ageing rather than just focusing on weight loss alone.



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Health & Social Care in the Community




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