This study examines the prevalence of functional disability (limitation in at least one basic activity of daily living) among elderly Black and White community residents in the New Haven (n = 2812) and North Carolina (n = 4162) sites of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE). In New Haven, elderly Blacks, particularly women below age 75, had a higher prevalence of disability compared with Whites, which was partially attributable to a higher prevalence of chronic conditions. In North Carolina, Blacks had only a slightly higher risk of being disabled than Whites, and this was fully accounted for by differences in socioeconomic status. Black- White differences in the prevalence of functional disability reveal geographic variation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Public Health|
|State||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health