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Much communication with family and appetite among elderly persons in Japan.
Arch Gerontol Geriatr ; 45(3): 319-26, 2007.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-17386949
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study is to examine cross-sectionally the factors associated with appetite among the elderly persons living in the community in Japan. The subjects of this study were 754 non-institutionalized elderly men and women aged 65 years and older living in community in Japan. The data were collected by face-to-face interviews. The factors related to subjective health was examined using multiple logistic regression analyses. Four hundred and forty-nine (56.4%) participants evaluated appetite as very good; 239 (30.0%) as somewhat good; 92 (11.6%) as little/not at all. Subjects with good appetite were more physically active, had less depressive symptoms, subjective stress, much more communication with family and much more social support, as compared to those without appetite. Appetite was significantly associated with better subjective good health after controlling for other variables in the model. Only communication with family was significantly associated with good appetite after controlling for other variables (odds ratio, OR=2.43; 95% confidence interval, CI=1.30-4.74). The indirect effect of communication with family on appetite was much greater than the direct effect. These findings suggest that communication with family may be beneficial promoter of the appetite in the elderly.
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Colección: Bases de datos internacionales Base de datos: MEDLINE Asunto principal: Apetito / Relaciones Intergeneracionales Límite: Anciano / Femenino / Humanos / Masculino País/Región como asunto: Asia Idioma: Inglés Revista: Arch Gerontol Geriatr Año: 2007 Tipo del documento: Artículo País de afiliación: Japón