Trends in Assistance with Daily Activities: Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities Persist in the U.S. Older PopulationBy Freedman, Vicki A.; Martin, Linda G.; Cornman, Jennifer; Agree, Emily M.; Schoeni, Robert F.; TRENDS, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 1-31
Publication Date: June 2005
Paper cites the 1992 to 2001 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey in order to provide evidence of an increase in the independent use of assistive technology (AT) among older people who have difficulty performing activities of daily living. The independent usage of AT was found to increase an average of four to five percent each year, though significant differences in AT use were found in minority and non-minority groups. Five percentage-point gaps were found between non-minority and minority groups in the independent usage of AT for walking, while gaps of seven to eight percentage-point differentials were found in the independent usage of AT for bathing. The implications of these findings for the study of late-life disability trends are discussed.
Published by: University of Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging (Website:http://micda.psc.isr.umich.edu)
University of Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging (Web Site: http://micda.psc.isr.umich.edu )
Link to text: http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/pdf/tr05-2.pdf