Percentage of Adults Aged 60 Years or Older with Diagnosed Diabetes Who Needed Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL),* by Age, United States, 1997–2011
From 1997 to 2011, the percentage of adults aged 60 years or older with diagnosed diabetes who needed assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL)—such as eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, taking a bath or shower, or using the toilet—showed little or no change overall and by age group. Throughout the time period, the percentage of adults who needed assistance with ADL was higher among adults aged 75 years or older than among adults aged 60–74 years. In 2011, the percentage of adults aged 75 years or older who needed assistance with ADL was more than twice that of adults aged 60–74 years (16.7% vs. 6.2%).
* Activities of Daily Living = personal care needs such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside the home.
Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Interview Statistics, data from the National Health Interview Survey. Data analyzed by personnel in CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.