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Trends in late-life disability in Taiwan, 1989-2007: the roles of education, environment, and technology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21923619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This analysis offers the first strong evidence of trends in late-life disability in an emerging economy. For the population of Taiwan aged 65 and older, consistent measures of limitations in seeing, hearing, physical functions, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and activities of daily living (ADLs) were available for three to six survey waves, depending on the outcome, from 1989 to 2007. Limitations in seeing, hearing, and IADLs declined substantially, but trends were mixed for physical functions and flat for ADLs. The remarkable reduction in difficulty telephoning, an IADL, may reflect changes in telecommunications infrastructure and highlights the roles of environment and technology in disability outcomes. Trends for urban residents were more advantageous than those for rural residents for seeing and hearing, but less so for physical functions and IADLs. Were it not for the substantial increase in educational attainment, trends in all outcomes would have been less favourable.
Linda G Martin; Zachary Zimmer; Baai-Shyun Hurng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2011-09-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Population studies     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1477-4747     ISO Abbreviation:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-04     Completed Date:  2012-02-27     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376427     Medline TA:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-304     Citation Subset:  IM    
RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA 22202, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Age Factors
Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data*
Educational Status
Health Status
Grant Support
AG036938-01/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R21 AG036938-01/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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