Responses of older adults (> 65 years) from the 1990 National Health Interview Survey and Assistive Device Supplement are analyzed to determine if selected demographic and health variables are associated with the use of assistive devices, multiple-device use, and the expressed need for such devices. Bivariate and multivariate analyses show that, in general, poorer health is consistently associated with the use of assistive devices, multiple-device use, and expressed need. Demographic characteristics, however, vary in their relationships to assistive device use and need. Findings support the importance of considering multiple-device use and expressed need in studying assistive devices and older adults.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Sociology and Political Science
- Life-span and Life-course Studies