The use of assistive devices and change in use during the ageing process among very old Swedish people

Kylberg, Marianne, Löfqvist, Charlotte, Horstmann, Vibeke and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) The use of assistive devices and change in use during the ageing process among very old Swedish people. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 8 1: 58-66. doi:10.3109/17483107.2012.699585

Author Kylberg, Marianne
Löfqvist, Charlotte
Horstmann, Vibeke
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title The use of assistive devices and change in use during the ageing process among very old Swedish people
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-3107
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17483107.2012.699585
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 66
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To investigate the characteristics and change in use among very old Swedish users and non-users of assistive devices (ADs) for mobility and personal care, over a six-year period, and to investigate factors predicting AD use over a six-year period.

Method: Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used to analyse quantitative data from a subsample from the Swedish part of the ENABLE-AGE Survey Study, n = 154. Variables according to socio-demographics, environment and health were utilized.

Results: The number of users increased over time, particularly those using both types of ADs (mobility and personal care). There were differences in health between users and non-users, while no such differences were seen regarding socio-demographics or environmental factors. Health factors most prominent predicted AD use after six years, but also variables within socio-demographics and the environment had an impact on the use; income for ADs for personal care and aspects in the outdoor environment for ADs for mobility.

Conclusions: As ADs increases over time, it is important, to pay attention to health as well as other factors, among users and non-users of ADs, to provide important information in planning for and supporting healthy and active ageing. Implications for Rehabilitation The combination of device use for mobility and personal care increases over time for very old people. Very old people's perceived physical mobility can indicate future needs for mobility devices. It is important to consider outdoor environmental barriers impact on mobility device use. 
Keyword Assistive technology
Personal care
Predicted use
Technical aids
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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