alexa Health behaviors among older and younger workers with chronic illness.


Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health

Author(s): Dr Fehmidah Munir

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Objectives: To examine health behaviours carrie d out by older (aged 50-69 years) and younger workers (aged 20-49 years) with a chronic illness. Methods: Questionnaire data was collected from 759 employees with a diagnosed chronic illness. Four categories of self-managing health behaviours were examined: using prescribed medication, monitoring and responding to symp toms, managing an a ppropriate diet and exercising. Results: Except for medication use, different self -managing behaviours were adopted by the age groups: younger workers with asthma, musculos keletal pain or diabetes, preferred self- managing their illness through an appropriate diet; older workers with heart disease, arthritis and rheumatism or diabetes, preferred exerci se. Except for older workers with asthma, neither age groups monitored or responde d to their symptoms at work. Conclusions: The findings from this study indicate th at there are differences in diet and exercise activities among younger and older work ers managing the same chronic illness. Practice implications: To increase health behaviours at work, improved communication and understanding between the different health prof essions and the patient/employee is required so that different tailored approaches can be more effectively targeted both by age and within the context of the working environment, to t hose managing asthma, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis and rheumatism

This article was published in Oxford Institute of Ageing Working Papers Working paper 109. and referenced in Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health

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