Trends in the use of assistive technology and personal care for late-life disability, 1992-2001

Vicki A. Freedman, Emily Agree, Linda G. Martin, Jennifer C. Cornman

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We describe national trends during the 1990s in late-life difficulty and assistance with self-care activities. Among older Americans living in the community and experiencing difficulty with self-care activities, assistive-technology use increased substantially whereas use of personal care declined. Using a decomposition technique, we demonstrate that these shifts in assistance toward technology account for half the decline in the number of people dependent on personal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006



  • Demography
  • Disability
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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