Health measures correlates in French elderly community population: The PAQUID study

by Pascale Barberger-Gateau, Anicet Chaslerie, Jean-François Dartigues, Daniel Commenges, Michèle Gagnon, Roger Salamon
Journal of Gerontology ()
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Abstract

Interviewed a subsample of 2,792 adults (aged 65+ yrs) who participated in the PAQUID ("Personnes Agées QUID?" that is, "WHAT about Older Persons?") epidemiologic study of mental and functional aging. Health measures included activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, mobility, the Rosow scale, and 2 subjective health assessments. Depressive symptomatology was assessed by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and cognitive functioning by the Mini-Mental State (MMS) Examination. Dependence rates vary from 9.7% to 71.9% according to the indicator under consideration. Cross-sectional correlations with dependence were 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 were always significantly correlated with dependence, whichever the indicator. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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