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    Title: Social stratification and trajectories of functional status among older Taiwanese
    Authors: Liang, J.;Liang, J.;Wang, J.N.;Wang, J.N.;徐慧娟;Hsu, Hui-Chuan;Xiao, X.;Xiao, X.;Lin, H.S.;Lin, H.S.;Lin, Y.S.;Lin, Y.S.
    Contributors: 健康產業管理學系
    Keywords: social stratification;trajectory of functional health;older Taiwanese;semi-parametric mixture models
    Date: 201309
    Issue Date: 2013-10-29 17:39:10 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: Objectives: With a person-centered approach, this research aims to depict distinct courses of functional disability among older Taiwanese and to ascertain disparities in the probabilities of experiencing these trajectories. Methods: Data was derived from a sample of 3,975 Taiwanese aged 60 and over, initially surveyed in 1989 and subsequently surveyed in 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2003. Group based, semi-parametric mixture models (Proc Traj) were employed to identify distinct trajectories of functional status. Results: Four major trajectories were identified: (1) excellent functional health (48.2%), (2) moderate increase in disability (35.5%), (3) accelerated increase in disability (10.7%), and (4) persistent severe disability (5.6%). Older age, female gender and lower education were associated with greater odds for poor functional trajectories. In addition, there were some ethnic differences, which could be explained by education. Conclusion: Distinct trajectories of functional health paralleling successful, usual, and pathological aging exist among older Taiwanese. The social stratification of functional trajectories among older Taiwanese resembles those observed among older Americans.
    Relation: Health and Society: A Journal for Dialogue, 1(1):65-94.
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