Age of independence

Can home care services make someone more dependent? Results from a new study in the Australasian Journal of Ageing may assist to develop a new tool for measuring older people’s tendencies towards not physical, but emotional and psychological, dependency.

The study found that older men scored higher on the measure of dependent personality characteristics than women and that a rise in a person’s age did not necessarily mean a rise in their dependency traits. Some people tend towards a dependent personality type.

It is hoped the study will mean a more thorough assessment process for the care of older Australians, which will lead to more effective health care decisions. Find out more

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