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Difficulty, dependence, and housing accessibility for people aging with a disability

Journal of Architectural & Planning Research

Author: Connell, B. R., Sanford, J. A.
Year: 2001
Type: Journal Article


The purpose of this article is to describe the ease-difficulty and independence-dependence in routine household activities as well as the accessibility characteristics of current housing reported by a sample of 104 older people aging with a mobility impairment. Participants in this study lived in the community and responded to a mail questionnaire. Many had become disabled in middle age or younger and had aged with a disability. Most of the respondents reported only a moderate level of difficulty and dependence in daily activities, although many did not engage in some activities, particularly housekeeping. In general, the tasks that were perceived as posing little or no difficulty were the same for all respondents, irrespective of level of disability (i.e., walking aid, manual wheelchair, and power wheelchair users). The respondents used accessible features in completing activities. Some of these accessible features had likely been added to their housing, and some were likely part of the original design of their housing but not as an accessible feature.

Further Details

Pages 9
Volume 18
Issue 3
Section 234
ISBN/ISSN 07380895
Accession Number August, 2010
Work Type Journal Article
Keywords Older, Ageing in place, assistive device

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