Sunday, January 15, 2006

disability and dependence prevalence

Disability is a state in which existence at home without help is considered impossible. Dependence is defined as a disability that prohibits self-care. In a study done on people who were disabled and over the age of 65, it was found that: 48 percent had a neurological disorder, 22 percent had a functional psychiatric disorder, 38 percent had a cardiorespiratory disease, 25 percent joint disease, 16 percent were obese, 11 percent had visual impairment, and 3 percent were persistently incontinent. When the dependent subjects were studied, it was found that 77 74 disc degeneration of the spine percent of them had dementia and 33 percent were persistently incontinent.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchhill Livingstone, 1985.

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