Disability Benefits

  • The HAGIS questionnaire includes validated measures of physical activity
  • Levels of physical activity vary considerably across Scotland’s older population
  • Physical activity declines with age
  • The relationship between physical activity and area deprivation is complex
  • Females are less active than males, which is perhaps a reflection of frailty among older women
  • Among those that might be classed as disabled due to their inability to carry out low-level physical tasks, some, but by no means are all in receipt of disability-related welfare benefits