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Physical function and health status in aging Puerto Rican adults: the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study

TitlePhysical function and health status in aging Puerto Rican adults: the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCastaneda-Sceppa, C, Price, LL, Noel, SE, J. Midle, B, Falcon, LM, Tucker, KL
JournalJ Aging HealthJ Aging Health
Volume22
Pagination653-72
Date PublishedAug
ISBN Number1552-6887 (Electronic)<br/>0898-2643 (Linking)
Accession Number20495158
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Aged, Boston/epidemiology, Cohort Studies, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Health Status, Hispanic Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Muscle Strength, Physical Endurance, Puerto Rico/ethnology
AbstractOBJECTIVES: This article describes physical function in Puerto Rican older adults and examines associations between health status and physical function. It also assesses relationships between physical function and disability. METHOD: This study uses a cross-sectional study of Puerto Ricans 45 to 75 years in Boston (N = 1,357). Measures included performance-based physical function (handgrip strength, walking speed, balance, chair stands, foot tapping), health conditions (obesity, diabetes, depressive symptomatology, history of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and arthritis), and self-reported disability (activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living). RESULTS: Older women (60-75 years) had the poorest physical function. Poor physical function was associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, history of heart attack, stroke, and arthritis, after adjusting for age, sex, education, income, and lifestyle (p