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Social inequalities in grip strength, physical function, and falls among community dwelling older men and women: findings from the Hertfordshire Cohort Study

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Objectives: To explore social inequalities in grip strength, SF-36 physical functioning (PF), and falls among older people.
Methods: We analyzed data from 3,225 men and women (age 59-73 years) who participated in the Hertfordshire Cohort Study, United Kingdom. Car availability and home ownership were used as markers of material deprivation. Results: A total of 6.4% of men (17.7% women) had no car and 19.3% of men (23.1% women) did not own their home. Having fewer cars was associated with lower grip and poorer PF among men and women (p < .001), and increased falls among men (p < .001). Not owning one’s home was associated with lower grip in men and women (p < .001) and poorer PF in men (p < .001). Lower social class was associated with falls among women only (p = .01).
Discussion: There are social inequalities in grip strength, PF, and falls among older people. Interventions should consider the contribution of social inequalities to the problem.

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Syddall, Holly, Evandrou, Maria, Cooper, Cyrus and Sayer, Avan Aihie (2009) Social inequalities in grip strength, physical function, and falls among community dwelling older men and women: findings from the Hertfordshire Cohort Study Aging Health, 21, (6), pp. 913-939. (doi:10.1177/0898264309340793).

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Published date: September 2009
Keywords: social inequalities, material deprivation, grip strength, physical function, falls, older people

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Local EPrints ID: 69430
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69430
ISSN: 1745-5103
PURE UUID: bf7c47a5-970a-4aeb-ac3d-1db2ea08680d
ORCID for Holly Syddall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0171-0306

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Date deposited: 04 Nov 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:12

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Author: Holly Syddall ORCID iD
Author: Maria Evandrou
Author: Cyrus Cooper
Author: Avan Aihie Sayer

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