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Socioeconomic determinants of the need for personal assistance reported by community-dwelling elderly: Empirical evidence from a French national health survey

  • Davin, Bérengère
  • Paraponaris, Alain
  • Verger, Pierre

A bivariate probit model with sample selection is used to estimate the conditional probability of reporting a need for personal assistance (NPA) with at least one activity of daily living among French community-dwelling elderly. 71.8% of men and 77.3% of women reported impairments and among those who reported impairments, 7.5% of men and 10.8% of women reported NPA. NPA is associated not only with age (i.e., the oldest individuals, for women only) and health status (such as a specific type of impairment), but also with socioeconomic (living with intermediate income; living with someone, partner or other) and environmental factors (having and using assistive technologies).

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Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 138-146

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