We used the AAMR’s Adaptive Behavior Scale to ascertain current menstrual status in a population-based sample of 157 women with Down’s syndrome (DS) and 187 women with other intellectual disability, all 40 years of age or older. The age-adjusted likelihood of menopause was twice as high in women with DS syndrome as in women with other… Read More »»
To determine whether type 2 diabetes is associated with fracture in older women, we analyzed data from 9654 women, age 65 yr or older, in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. Diabetes with age at onset 40 yr or older was reported by 657 women, of whom 106 used insulin. A total of 2624 women experienced… Read More »»
A major factor in the context of evaluating depression in the elderly is the role of medical problems. With aging there is a rapid increase in the prevalence of a number of medical disorders, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and arthritis. In this article, we hope to bring clarity to the… Read More »»
Objective: The objectives of this study were to describe what women with longstanding spinal cord injury (SCI) feel they are experiencing as they age, how they are coping and what they require in order to ensure their continued social and economic participation in society. Study Design, Methods, and Setting: A naturalistic approach was taken, incorporating… Read More »»
As the population with spinal cord injury (SCI) steadily ages, nurses find it more and more challenging to prevent secondary complications. SCI, an already complex topic, is made more so with the addition of the aging process. Aging need not be a negative occurrence, but can be viewed as a path in life that requires careful… Read More »»
Normal aging changes intensify the chronic problems that are experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). These changes place them at greater risk for developing vital systems failure and functional impairments, which if unrecognized, may lead to institutionalization or death. Understanding the trajectory of aging, and its impact on structure and function, is paramount… Read More »»
Fifty years ago, people who had a spinal cord injury had very limited life expectancies. Today, these individuals can expect to live into their 60s, 70s, and beyond. Advances in rehabilitation, technology, surgery, and medicines have been chiefly responsible for this change. Recent research in both Europe and the United States now indicates that as… Read More »»
There are nearly 30 million women with disabilities in the United States. Of these, more than 16 million are over the age of 50. Years ago, women with disabilities did not commonly live to the age of menopause, and, if they did, they reached this stage of life in a very debilitated condition. Now, women… Read More »»
Health characteristics and health services utilization in older adults with intellectual disability living in community residences.
Background: The health status and health needs of adults with intellectual disability (ID) change with advancing age, and are often accompanied by difficulties with vision, hearing, mobility, stamina and some mental processes. Objective: The present study collected health status information on a large cohort of adults with ID aged > or = 40 years living… Read More »»
Comorbidities and impairments explaining the association between diabetes and lower extremity disability: The Women’s Health and Aging Study.
Objective: To elucidate the role of diabetes-related impairments and comorbidities in the association between diabetes and physical disability, this study examined the association between diabetes and lower extremity function in a sample of disabled older women. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of 1,002 women (aged >or=65 years) enrolled in the Women’s Health and Aging Study (one-third most… Read More »»