Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Falls among older adults 65 years and older
by Chlarson-Varner, Gregoria, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 56; 1490276
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the occurrence of falls among adults 65 years and older using secondary data from the California Health Interview Adult Survey by analyzing the socio-demographic characteristics of older adult participants. Of the 51,048 adult survey participants, 14,653 were adults between 65 to 85 years old.

Chi-square analyses yielded several findings of significant associations between the occurrence of falls and dependent variables selected for this study. Analyses on health status, medication intake, and polypharmacy showed strong associations with the event of falling, but analyses conducted were limited in scope due to restrictions on the access to data relating to other types of medications used, so further study is recommended. It is also important to look into the underlying causes that resulted in the higher percentage of female fallers compared to men.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Aging, Health care management
Publication Number: 1490276
ISBN: 978-1-124-54623-0
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