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Manual dexterity as a correlate of dependency in the elderly.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2507619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Physical and mental correlates of dependent living were determined in 128 Catholic sisters (nuns), aged 75 to 94 years, who had similar social support systems and lifestyles. The primary a priori hypothesis was that poor manual dexterity would correlate strongly with living in the nursing home. Stepwise discriminant analysis indicated that manual dexterity explained 51% of the variance in the sisters' residential living site (ie, nursing home, retirement home, or living in community). The discriminant analysis equation using manual dexterity predicted living site correctly for 63% of the sisters in the nursing home with a specificity of 99%, a positive predictive value of 96% and negative predictive value of 84%. The addition of age and mental status to the equation improved the prediction only slightly.
S K Ostwald; D A Snowdon; D M Rysavy; N L Keenan; R L Kane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0002-8614     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Publication Date:  1989 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-11-17     Completed Date:  1989-11-17     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503062     Medline TA:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  963-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living*
Aged, 80 and over
Dependency (Psychology)
Life Style
Long-Term Care*
Mental Health
Nursing Homes
Psychomotor Performance*
Social Support
Vision, Ocular
Grant Support
N0 2-S07-RR055448/RR/NCRR NIH HHS

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