Table 1

Characteristics of older people in the sample

Variable

Category

% of participants


Gender

Women

59.0

Men

41.0

Age group

65-74

43.5

75-84

43.0

80+

13.5

Socio-economic classification

I Professional

15.5

II Managerial

40.0

IIIN Skilled - non manual

16.5

IIIM Skilled - manual

14.5

IV Partly skilled

11.0

V Unskilled

2.5

Self-rated health

Excellent

12.0

Very good

34.0

Good

24.5

Fair

19.5

Poor

10.0

Specific health problems

None

16.5

Visual impairments

26.0

Hearing impairments

35.5

Memory problems

24.0

Mobility problems

59.5

Other

6.0

Activities limited by health problems

Yes

51.5

No

48.5

Activities limited the most by:

Visual impairments

3.5

Hearing impairments

2.0

Memory problems

1.0

Mobility problems

44.5

Other (heart and breathing problems)

0.5

Use of mobility aids when out

None

64.5

Walking aid

28.0

Wheelchair

2.5

Help from another person

1.5

Mobility scooter

8.0

Forms of transport used the most often

Walk

85.0

Bicycle

3.0

Bus

56.0

Drives own car

51.0

Driven by someone else

19.5

Train

10.0

Taxi

16.5

Dial-a-ride

4.5

Mobility scooter

7.0

Living arrangements

Alone

54.5

With partner

41.5

With others

4.0

Length of time living in neighbourhood

< 1 year

3.5

1-10 years

38.5

> 10 years

58.0

Tenure

Owner-occupier

62.5

Renting from Housing Association

37.5


Burton et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:839   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-839

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