Title

Combined effect of vision and hearing impairment on depression in older adults : evidence from the English longitudinal study of ageing

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Affective Disorders

Publication Date

2-1-2008

Volume

106

Issue

1-2

First Page

191

Last Page

196

Keywords

Aged, Depression, ELSA, Sensory loss

Abstract

Background: No longitudinal study has been conducted to examine the relation between dual sensory loss and depression in older adults. The objective of this study was to examine the role of dual sensory loss in the onset and persistence of depression in older persons living in U.K.

Methods: The data used in this study was a 2-year, population-based, prospective, observational study of 3782 older adults aged 65 and above selected from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing Waves 1 and 2. Sensory loss in vision and hearing, 8-item CES-D, socio-economic variables, health indicators, and social support were assessed. We calculated the odds ratio for any association between sensory loss and depression.

Results: Vision loss was a consistent predictor of both onset and persistence of depression even after a wide range of covariates had been adjusted, but the association between dual sensory loss and depression disappeared once health indicators were controlled for.

Conclusions: Aged care service practitioners must take this risk factor, visual impairment, into consideration in their preventive intervention and treatment for depression in aged population.

DOI

10.1016/j.jad.2007.05.028

Language

English

Print ISSN

01650327

Funding Information

Preparation of this article was supported by grants from the Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (HKU 7004-PPR20051 and HKU 7295/04H). {HKU 7004-PPR20051, HKU 7295/04H}

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Additional Information

The data was made available by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, United Kingdom.

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Recommended Citation

Chou, K.-L. (2008). Combined effect of vision and hearing impairment on depression in older adults: Evidence from the English longitudinal study of ageing. Journal of Affective Disorders, 106(1-2), 191-196. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2007.05.028

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