The number of elderly people is growing rapidly, and many of them have to cope with the loss of physical functionality. This means that they risk becoming dependent on others for daily living activities, such as washing themselves. The loss of physical functionality means that fewer people can live independently. Preventing the loss of physical functionality is therefore important for elderly people who would prefer to continue to live at home. The research group examines which factors have an effect on this issue. With the knowledge that this yields, the elderly can continue to live at home and take care of themselves for longer.
Particular attention is focused on:
- Eyesight in elderly persons: which particular aspects of eyesight impact on the wellbeing of the elderly? If we knew more about the impact of seeing well or less well in terms of physical functionality, cognition, and psychosocial wellbeing, this may help us take preventive measures, allowing the elderly to live independently for longer.
- Elderly people admitted to hospital: Around 30-60% of hospital patients older than 65 years are affected by loss of physical functionality. Often, they have to stay in hospital longer, they need more care at home and sometimes they need to be cared for in a nursing home. The study focuses on elderly people who undergo open heart surgery. These patients have a high risk of complications.