Neighborhood Characteristics and Disability in Older African-Americans

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Neighborhood Characteristics and Disability in Older African-Americans
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Description:
Increased understanding about the etiology of having poor health status in older people has led to the recognition that social factors play a major role in the initiation of having functional limitations. Less understood however are the effects of neighborhood characteristics on functional limitation among older African-Americans. The purpose of this project is to examine the degree to which the quality of neighborhoods is associated with having functional limitations. We hypothesize that older African-Americans living in neighborhoods with negative characteristics (high crime, unemployment and poverty rates) are more likely to indicate functional limitations than those living in neighborhoods without these characteristics. We will use disability data from the long form (SF 3) of the US Census. Using Arc View 9.0 GIS we will map by zip-code the population with functional limitations. In addition we will merge data from the Speak to Your Health Community Survey to determine the individual and neighborhood characteristics. Using logistic regression, we expect to find a relationship between environmental factors and individuals with functional limitations.
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Project Audience:
Older Adults
Project Start Date:
12/31/2020
Project End Date:
12/31/2020
Project Funder:
NIA sub contract from Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
Project Funding:
20000
Project Principal Investigator:
Rie Suzuki
Project Principal Investigator:
Arletha Mathis
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Lead Institution:
University of Michigan-Flint Public Health
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