Housing and health: very old people with self-reported Parkinson’s Disease versus Controls

Nilsson, Maria H., Haak, Maria and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) Housing and health: very old people with self-reported Parkinson’s Disease versus Controls. Parkinson's Disease, 2013 710839.1-710839.9. doi:10.1155/2013/710839

Author Nilsson, Maria H.
Haak, Maria
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Housing and health: very old people with self-reported Parkinson’s Disease versus Controls
Journal name Parkinson's Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2042-0080
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2013/710839
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2013
Start page 710839.1
End page 710839.9
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To explore whether aspects of housing and health among very old people with self-reported Parkinson's disease (PD) differ from matched controls.

Methods: Data from the ENABLE-AGE Survey Study were used to identify people with self-reported PD (n = 20) and three matched controls/individual (n = 60). The matching criteria were age (mean = 82 years), sex, country, and type of housing. The analyses targeted problems in activities of daily living, objective and perceived aspects of housing, for example, number of environmental barriers, accessibility (i.e., person-environment fit), and usability.

Results: The number of physical environmental barriers did not differ (P = 0.727) between the samples. The PD sample had more (P < 0.001) accessibility problems than controls and perceived their homes as less (P = 0.003) usable in relation to activities. They were less independent and had more functional limitations (median 5 versus 2; P < 0.001), and 70% experienced loss of stamina or poor balance.

Conclusions: Due to the fact that they have more functional limitations than very old people in general, those with self-reported PD live in housing with more accessibility problems. This explorative study has implications for rehabilitation as well as societal planning, but larger studies including people with a confirmed PD diagnosis are needed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Link to Journal Article: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/pd/2013/710839/

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