Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback44 pages $23.00 $18.40 20% Web Discount

This paper examines the relationship between age and functional health status in two cross-sectional studies: (1) a random household sample of 2,008 adults, and (2) a sample of 1,227 ambulatory patients in northern New England. Results reveal diminished and more variable physical functioning, role functioning, and perceived health in older age groups, particularly those groups age 50 and older. Emotional functioning, however, tended to be better in older age groups. The association between physical and emotional functioning was strongest in older age groups. However, decrements in functional health status occurred selectively among older individuals with many of the elderly scoring as well as the average young adult on the measures of physical, role, and emotional functioning.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.