Disability and active life expectancy among older Cambodians

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Sociology
Program Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA)
Creator Zimmer, Zachary
Title Disability and active life expectancy among older Cambodians
Date 2006-07
Description Older adults in Cambodia are survivors of harsh living conditions, including poverty and periods of extreme violence. Although these experiences may affect health outcomes, little data has existed to monitor Cambodia's older population. The current paper uses data from the 2004 Study of the Elderly in Cambodia (SEC) and focuses on disability status. The data is the first of its kind for Cambodia*a comprehensive survey employing a representative sample of adults 60 and older living across the country. Disability prevalence by age and sex, Active Life Expectancy (ALE) and common correlates of disability, using Activity of Daily Living (ADL) items, are examined. In addition, disability prevalence rates are compared to those for older adults living in other countries in South-east Asia. The results indicate that older Cambodians are more disabled than their counterparts living elsewhere. Possible reasons include long-term influence of social disruption and poverty. Women live longer than men, but spend a greater proportion of their remaining life in states of disability and severe disability. Correlates of disability show that younger age, being male, having higher income satisfaction, being married and living in urban areas associate with lower probabilities of reporting disability. A contribution of the analysis is the examination of a basic measure of health among a population of which little is known.
Type Text
Publisher Taylor and Francis(Routledge)
Volume 2
Issue 2
First Page 134
Last Page 148
Subject Active Life Expectancy; Ageing; Cambodia; Disability; Functional Status; Southeast Asia
Subject MESH Life Expectancy; Activities of Daily Living; Chronic Disease; Geriatric Assessment; Morbidity
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Zimmer Z. (2006) Disability and Active Life Expectancy Among Older Cambodians. Asian Popul Stud, 2(2): 134-148
Rights Management (c)Taylor & Francis
Format Medium application/pdf
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 705377
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s62j6w9q
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