<b>Trends in Assistance with Daily Activities</b>: Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities Persist in the U.S. Older Population

Edited by Vicki A. Freedman, Linda G. Martin, Jennifer Cornman, Emily M. Agree and Robert F. Schoeni

in Health at Older Ages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226132310
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226132327 | DOI:
Trends in Assistance with Daily Activities: Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities Persist in the U.S. Older Population

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This chapter investigates the older U.S. population trends in forms of assistance with daily activities and disparities in assistance by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Significant disparities in assistance are evident by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic status. The chances of using any help and the chances of using nothing have both declined in relation to the use of assistive technology (AT) alone, the increases in which appear to be widely experienced. Higher levels of education are connected with higher probabilities of using technology independently to carry out daily activities. The chapter shows that, for most groups, increases in AT appear to be offset by decreases both in the use of help and in unassisted difficulty, with declines in the latter twice as large as declines in help.

Keywords: older U.S. population; assistance; daily activities; disparities; race; ethnicity; socioeconomic status; education; assistive technology

Chapter.  10895 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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