ADL needs increasing for those aged 45 to 64

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The percentage of adults aged 45 to 64 years who reported needing assistance with instrumental activities of daily living — handling everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping or getting around for other purposes — increased from 2.8% in 2000 to 4.0% in 2015, according to data newly released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC reported the data from the National Health Interview Survey of individuals not living in institutional settings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report dated Aug. 26.

The percentage of adults aged 45 to 64 who reported needing help with ADLs such as eating, bathing, dressing or getting around inside their residences increased from 1.3% in 2000 to 2.0% in 2015, the report said.

Among adults aged at least 65 years, the percentage with ADLs needs increased from 6.4% to 6.9% over the time period of the survey, but the percentage in this age group who had limitations in IADLs decreased from 12.9% to 11.7%.

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