Trends in the Use of Assistive Technology and Personal Care for Late-Life Disability, 1992-2001

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Freedman, Vicki, Emily M. Agree, Linda G. Martin, and Jennifer C. Cornman. 2006. "Trends in the Use of Assistive Technology and Personal Care for Late-Life Disability, 1992-2001." The Gerontologist, 46(1): 124-127.

We describe national trends during the 1990s in late-life difficulty and assistance with self-care activities. Among older Americans living in the community and experiencing difficulty with self-care activities, assistive-technology use increased substantially whereas use of personal care declined. Using a decomposition technique, we demonstrate that these shifts in assistance toward technology account for half the decline in the number of people dependent on personal care. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT] We describe national trends during the 1990s in late-life difficulty and assistance with self-care activities. Among older Americans living in the community and experiencing difficulty with self-care activities, assistive-technology use increased substantially whereas use of personal care declined. Using a decomposition technique, we demonstrate that these shifts in assistance toward technology account for half the decline in the number of people dependent on personal care.

10.1093/geront/46.1.124

Keywords:
Handicapped assistance devices Disability Demographics Disabled people Older people

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