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Differences in Functional Disability of Rural American Indian and White Older Adults With Comorbid Diabetes

TitleDifferences in Functional Disability of Rural American Indian and White Older Adults With Comorbid Diabetes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGoins, R, Spencer, S, Roubideaux, YD, Manson, SM
JournalResearch on AgingResearch on Aging
Date PublishedNov
ISBN Number0164-0275<br/>1552-7573
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2005-12557-002
Keywords*Aging, *Comorbidity, *Diabetes Mellitus, *Disabilities, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, American Indians, Arthritis, functional disability, whites, rural old adults, American Indians, comorbid type 2 diabetes, ethnic differences, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, hypertension, Heart Disorders, Human Male Female Outpatient Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Neoplasms, Physical & Somatoform & Psychogenic Disorders [3290], Respiratory Tract Disorders, us, Whites
AbstractThis study examines racial/ethnic differences in functional disability among a sample of rural older adults with comorbid diabetes. In 2002, interviews were conducted with 62 rural American Indian and 64 White community-dwelling persons aged 65 years or older. Examination of disability levels by group suggested that functional disability for Whites was concentrated in the lower levels (1-2 limitations), whereas disability for American Indians was concentrated in the higher levels (3 or more limitations). Adjusted prevalence rates indicated that American Indian older adults were significantly more likely than Whites to require assistance with dressing, walking, bathing, and shopping. Conversely, for reaching the toilet in time, Whites were significantly more likely than American Indians to report a limitation. Results of this study, coupled with previous literature, suggest that American Indians are more functionally disabled than other racial/ethnic groups and have a marked need for future long-term care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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