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Space Mobility In Mexican American Aged 75 And Older

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Having the sense of independence and mobility is a main key to being able to maintain an active quality of life. There is a distinct link to health statues and the quality of an aging adult’s life. When thinking of mobility it was traditionally believe to only mainly be focused on the person’s ability to perform everyday activities such as bathing, using the restroom, and everyday independent living activities. This also includes instrumental activities such as shopping and having social contact with others. These are not the only approaches that can determine mobility assessments. There have been other approaches used that involved evaluation of gait, climbing stairs, as well as postural stability and identifying risk factors for falls. In this article review I will briefly discuss and review the finding of the cross-sectional study that involved the a population based study to examine factors associated with life-space I community-living that are Mexican Americans at the age of 75 or older. According to authors Snih, Peek,Sawyer, Markides, Allman, and Ottenbacher (2012) “It was hypothesized that older age, medical conditions, and physical impairment would be associated with more-limited life-space.”
With the cross-section along with a longitudinal based study that involved the population of Mexican Americans at 75 or older started out with seven hundred and twenty-eight Mexican American men and women. The data that was collected was from an ongoing longitudinal study that was being conducted by the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiological Study of the Elderly, in the beginning of this study the participants being 65 years old then followed for 10 years till age of 75 or older. The original participants were selected using area probability sampling that involved selecting them countries, census tracts, and households within census tracts. There were 3,050 participants interviewed in 1993 and 1994. This was the base line that was followed. In 2004 & 2005 1,167 participants were had aged to be 75 and older from the original cohort and were re- interviewed and added a new cohort of 902 respondents. The old cohorts (dependent variable) and new cohorts (independent variable) were given identical evaluation at baseline and follow-up. The evaluations included sociodemographic characteristics, health conditions, psychological characteristics, blood pressure, anthropometric measures, and physical function measures. In 2005 & 2006 a subsample group of participants 75 and older were selected to participate as sub study section of frailty. Data was collected from that subsample in 2008 & 2009 using the Life Space Questionnaire (LSA) to examine the participant’s mobility and community engagement in aging adults. Seven hundred and thirty-one participants were able to analyzed out of 1,013 participants. One hundred and twenty-eight had passed away and 97 were un able to be followed up on or refused. The participants that were selected to be in...

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