Self-Reported Vision, Upper/Lower Limb Disability, and Fall Risk in Older Adults

TitleSelf-Reported Vision, Upper/Lower Limb Disability, and Fall Risk in Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSteinman, BA
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume27
Issue4
Pagination406
Call Numbernewpubs20080822_AppGeron
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine independent and interactive roles of self-reported vision status and upper and lower limb disability as predictors of falls in people 65 and older. Data from the 2002 and 2004 panels of the Health and Retirement Study were analyzed using binary logistic regression. Results indicated a reduced or eliminated role of vision status after upper and lower limb disabilities were controlled. Gender differences were found with respect to health conditions that predicted falls; however, vision status was not found to have a moderating influence on upper and lower limb disability in predicting falls for men or women. Implications for exercise programs designed for older people with visual impairments are discussed.

Endnote Keywords

Visually Impaired Persons/Safety

Endnote ID

19210

Citation Key7240