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Epidemiology and Health 2008;30(2): 216-229.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/kje.2008.30.2.216    Published online Dec 31, 2008.
Related Factors with Decreased Physical Function in the Community-Dwelling Elderly in Chuncheon: Hallym Aging Study(HAS).
Sun Ae Jeon, Jin Young Jeong, Seok Won Park, Young Ho Choi, Moon Gi Choi, Kyung Soon Hong, Sang Kon Lee, Hyun Ah Kim, Dong Hyun Kim
1Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, HallymUniversity College of Medicine, Korea. dhkims@hallym.ac.kr
2Hallym Research Institute of Clinical Epidemiology, Korea.
3Department of Endocrinology, Bundang Cha Hospital, Korea.
4Department of Family Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred HeartHospital, Korea.
5Department of Endocrinology Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital,Korea.
6Department of Cardiology Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital,Korea.
7Department of Urology, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital,Korea.
8Department of Rheumatology, Hallym University Sacred HeartHosptial, Korea.
Received: Oct 16, 2008  Accepted after revision: Dec 17, 2008
This study was conducted to elucidate the related factors with the decreased physical function in the community- dwelling elderly in Chuncheon. We used data obtained from Hallym Aging Study(HAS) from January to May in 2007. The participants were 505 elderly aged 65 years or over after excluding those who didn't complete physical function test and aged < 65. The measurement of physical function was based on the "Health Aging and Body Composition Study Physical Performance Battery(H-ABC PPB)" that included semi-tandem stance, tandem stance, single leg stance, 6m general walk, 6m narrow walk, and chair stand test. And we also included grip strength test. Overall physical function based on H-ABC PPB decreased with age in both men and women. Smoking appeared to increase the risk of decreased function of chair stand in women (adjusted OR=3.8, 95% CI=1.2-12.6). Regular exercise was found to reduce the risk of decreased physical function in both men(Balance OR=0.5, 95% CI=0.2-1.0; Usual walk OR=0.4, 95% CI=0.2- 0.9) and women(Balance OR=0.4, 95% CI=0.2-1.0; Usual walk OR=0.3, 95% CI=0.1- 0.9); Narrow walk OR=0.2, 95% CI=0.1-0.8). Higher level of education seemed to be associated with higher functional performance. It needs further researches on the effect of education on the physical function of the elderly in this population.
Keywords: physical function; H-ABC Battery; socioeconomic status; elderly


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