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Gender and transportation access among community-dwelling seniors.

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Source
Can J Aging. 2007;26(2):149-58
Publication Type
Article
Date
2007
Author
Josette Dupuis
Deborah R Weiss
Christina Wolfson
Author Affiliation
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC.
Source
Can J Aging. 2007;26(2):149-58
Date
2007
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Aging
Cohort Studies
Female
Geriatric Assessment
Health status
Humans
Income
Male
Multivariate Analysis
Quebec - epidemiology
Questionnaires
Residence Characteristics - statistics & numerical data
Sampling Studies
Sex Distribution
Sex Factors
Transportation
Urban Population
Abstract
This study estimates the prevalence of problems with transportation in a sample of community-dwelling seniors residing in an urban setting and investigates the role that gender plays in the ability of seniors to remain mobile in their communities.
Data collected as part of a study assessing the prevalence and consequences of unmet needs for community-based services in a random sample of 839 elderly aged 75 years and older were employed in bivariate and multivariable analyses.
The prevalence of problems with transportation was 23 per cent, with 33 per cent of females and 10 per cent of males categorized as having problems with transportation. Of those subjects categorized as having problems with transportation, 88 per cent were women. In addition to being predominantly women, those who reported problems with transportation were older, in poorer health, and had lower income and income satisfaction.
Problems with transportation are an important issue facing seniors; women, in particular. These results highlight the differences in aging as experienced by women and men with respect to social effects, needs, and the significance attached to the experience.
PubMed ID
17613446 View in PubMed
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