Attempts to Resolve a Disability in Walking: Different Strategies or Different Outcomes for Nonmetro Elderly Americans?

TitleAttempts to Resolve a Disability in Walking: Different Strategies or Different Outcomes for Nonmetro Elderly Americans?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsJohnson, NE
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume21
Issue5
Pagination587-610
Call Numberpubs_2000_Johnson_JFI.pdf
KeywordsDisabilities, Healthcare
Abstract

This study analyzed the first two waves (1993-1994 and 1995-1996) of the national Survey on Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old. It focused on the prevalence of a common intrinsic disability at Wave 1 -- unaided physiological hardship in walking across a room -- and sought which factors eliminated the hardship so that there was no actual disability. Nonmetro and metro elderly people with this intrinsic disability were equally likely to use personal help in walking across a room and to resort to the same walking devices. Yet, nonmetro elderly people were less successful than their metro counterparts in avoiding mild residual hardship in interior ambulation. Reasons included a larger number of lower-body limitations among the nonmetro elderly and the greater absence of accommodative architectural features from nonmetro homes. This article concludes with a discussion of public policies that could assist disabled elders to remain community dwellers.

Notes

RDA 2002-016

URLhttp://jfi.sagepub.com/archive/
Endnote Keywords

Disability/Disability/Health Services for the Aged

Endnote ID

8682

Citation Key6719