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.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Aging, Health care management|
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