Religious involvement and physical functioning among older Mexican Americans

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Abstract

Background and purpose: To examine the association between attendance at religious services and incidence of ADL disability over a period of 7 years among older Mexican Americans 65 years and older. Methods: Using data from the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE), logistic generalized estimation equation (GEE) models were used to analyze the contribution of attendance at religious services to the differences in incidence of ADL disability over 7 years, controlling for demographics, medical conditions, and physical mobility. Results: Frequent attendees at religious services had 30% lower odds of developing ADL disability over 7 years compared to the non-regular attendance group. The odds were reduced to 23%, but remained significant, when physical and mental health were controlled. Conclusions: In this older Mexican American population, regular attendees at religious services were less likely to develop ADL disability over a period of 7 years compared to those who attended services less often.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalHallym International Journal of Aging
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Hispanics
  • disability
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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