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Health measures correlates in a French elderly community population: the PAQUID study.

by P Barberger-Gateau, A Chaslerie, J F Dartigues, D Commenges, M Gagnon, R Salamon
Journal of gerontology ()

Abstract

PAQUID is an epidemiologic prospective study of mental and functional aging. A sample of 4,050 community-dwelling individuals, aged 65 and over, was randomly selected from electoral lists of 37 parishes of Gironde after stratification by age, sex, and size of urban unit; 68.9 percent agreed to participate. Baseline information was obtained from a one-hour home interview. Health measures included ADL, IADL, mobility, Rosow scale, and two subjective health assessments. Depressive symptomatology was assessed by the CES-D scale and cognitive functioning by Folstein's MMS. Dependence rates vary from 9.7 percent to 71.9 percent according to the indicator under consideration. Cross-sectional correlations with dependence are significant for age, sex, education, rural setting, joint pain, dyspnea, hearing and visual impairment, MMS score, and depression. In logistic regressions, only dyspnea, MMS score, and depression are always significantly correlated with dependence, whichever the indicator.

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