Older adults and assistive devices: Use, multiple-device use, and need

Robert J. Hartke, Thomas R. Prohaska*, Sylviae Furner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of aging and health
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 27 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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