Factors that contribute to levels of independent activity functioning among a group of Navajo elders

Tanya R. Fitzpatrick, Sara C Aleman, Thanh Van Tran

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine factors that contribute to levels of independent activity functioning among a group of elder Navajos. Data were collected from a sample of Navajo elders from Tuba City, Arizona, and a health assessment survey was administered. Multiple regression analysis was used to examine the effects of social support and demographic factors on levels of independent activity functioning, such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, walking, and getting in and out of bed. The results indicated that assistive devices, marital status, the frequency of visits to Tuba City, and visits to the elders significantly affected independent activity functioning. Although other factors of social support were not significant, it appeared that visiting Tuba City and visits to the elders in their homes were important factors in maintaining higher levels of independent activity functioning among elder Navajos. Implications for practice, policy, and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-333
Number of pages16
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

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Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Assistive devices
  • Demographic
  • Navajo elders
  • Social supports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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