Percentage of Adults Aged 60 Years or Older with Diagnosed Diabetes Who Needed Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL),* by Age and Race/Ethnicity, United States, 1997–2011
From 1997 to 2011, the percentage of adults aged 60 years or older who reported needing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) showed little or no change by age and race/ethnicity groups. Among adults aged 60–74 years, the percentages were similar between whites, blacks, and Hispanics. Among adults aged 75 years or older, the percentages were higher among blacks and Hispanics compared with whites. Throughout the period, the percentages were higher among adults aged 75 years or older compared with those aged 60–74 years. In 2011, the percentage of whites, blacks, and Hispanics aged 75 years or older who reported needing assistance with ADL was 2–3 times the percentage of those aged 60–74 years (15.0% vs. 5.8% among whites, 23.2% vs. 7.3% among Hispanics, and 26.1% vs. 8.5% among blacks).
* 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 the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.