ERIC Number: ED208127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Health and Social Service Needs of the Elderly: A Comparison of Residents of Public Housing and Residents of the Neighboring Community. Institute on Aging Monograph Series.
Evashwick, Connie; And Others
The second part of a study compared health and social service needs of older persons residing in public housing and older persons residing in the neighboring community. A survey was conducted of 461 residents in four buildings supported by the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and 422 residents age 62 and older living within five blocks of one building. Both samples were predominantly female and white, but SHA respondents tended to be older and have less education and lower incomes. Health was rated as excellent or good by 66 percent of neighborhood and 58 percent of SHA respondents. Neighborhood respondents reported fewer symptoms, while more SHA residents reported at least one chronic condition and taking prescribed medications. About one-third of the respondents reported hearing loss, almost all wore glasses, and about one-fifth wore dentures. Neighborhood respondents appeared more functionally disabled. They also reported more alcohol consumption and more exercise. No consistent differences were shown in terms of mental status. Nearly 80 percent of respondents had a personal physician, and there was little difference in use of auxiliary health services. Both groups of respondents had frequent social interaction with relatives. All social services were used more by SHA residents. (Seventeen data tables are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Inst. on Aging.
Identifiers: Washington (Seattle)