Impact of Diabetes and Disease Duration on Work Status Among U.S. Older Adults

Miriam Mutambudzi, Cesar Gonzalez Gonzalez, Rebeca Wong

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Objectives: To examine the effects of diabetes and disease duration on work status over a 9-year period. Method: Multinomial logistic regression models examined the probability of retirement and disability impeding work, using data from the Health and Retirement Study (n = 5,576). Results: Among participants who had retired in 2012, almost 14% had incident diabetes (4.91 mean years with diabetes, 95% confidence interval [CI] = [4.67, 5.15]). Approximately 22% of participants who reported a disability impeded labor force participation had prevalent diabetes (17.1 mean years with diabetes, 95%CI = [16.41, 17.71]). Only prevalent diabetes that indicated longer disease duration was associated with disability (relative risk ratio [RRR] = 1.83, 95% CI = [1.30, 2.57]). There was evidence of effect modification among Hispanics only (p =.02). Discussion: Diabetes increased risk of exiting the workforce due to disability, and mean disease duration was associated with changes. Disease management and workplace interventions may enable older adults to continue being productive should they choose to remain in the workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of aging and health
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • aging workforce
  • diabetes
  • disability
  • retirement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Impact of Diabetes and Disease Duration on Work Status Among U.S. Older Adults. / Mutambudzi, Miriam; Gonzalez Gonzalez, Cesar; Wong, Rebeca.

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