Arthritis, Depression, and Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Evidence From the Health and Retirement Study.

TitleArthritis, Depression, and Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Evidence From the Health and Retirement Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationForthcoming
AuthorsQuach, LT, Burr, JA
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Date Published2016 May 12
ISSN Number1552-4523
KeywordsArthritis, Depressive symptoms, Falls
Abstract

The aims of this study were to examine the association between different types of arthritis and falls and to investigate whether clinically significant depression symptoms (CSDS) moderate these relationships. The study used nationally representative data from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study (n = 7,715, M age = 75, 62% female, and 90% White). Among the respondents, 42% experienced at least one fall during the previous 2 years. About one third had some form of arthritis: 22% osteoarthritis (OA), 4.8% rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 2.3% both OA and RA, and 7.9% with other arthritis types. About one fifth of respondents had CSDS. OA and CSDS are associated with the odds of falling (17% and 29%, respectively), adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics, lifestyle, health conditions, and psychiatric medications. There was no statistically significant interaction between types of arthritis and CSDS. Health care providers should pay attention to managing arthritis, especially OA, and CSDS to prevent falls among older adults.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27178205
DOI10.1177/0733464816646683
Alternate JournalJ Appl Gerontol
Citation Key8486
PubMed ID27178205