4275.0 Older Adults and Disability

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This session will discuss issues related to disability, aging, and public Health with topics ranging from burden of hearing loss on the quality of life among older adults, factors influencing driving avoidance among older drivers, multimorbidity and disability among elderly Medicare beneficiaries, the mental capacity of crime victims with dementia and cognitive impairment for self-advocacy, disparities in access and utilization among individuals with disabilities, to reports of seizure history and problems with activities of daily living in a Medicare population.
Session Objectives: 1. Evaluate the effect of multimorbidity on disability. 2. Describe the relation between health insurance and patient/provider interactions and health care access and use among individuals with disabilities. 3. Describe the elements of determining capacity utilizing the Paradise-2 Model of Mental Capacity.

Burden of Hearing Loss on the Quality of Life Among Older Adults with Medicare Supplement Insurance
Kevin Hawkins, PhD, Ming Bai, MD, Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD, Shirley Musich, PhD, Richard Migliori, MD and Charlotte S. Yeh, MD
Sociodemographic and Health Factors Influencing Driving Avoidance among Older Drivers
Moon Choi, PhD, Kathryn Betts Adams, PhD and Eva Kahana, PhD
Multimorbidity and disability among elderly Medicare beneficiaries
Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD, Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW, Cindy Tworek, PhD, MPH and George Rust
Disparities in Access and Utilization among Individuals with Disabilities
Nancy A. Miller, PhD, Annette E. Snyder, PhD, MSN, CFNP and Adele Kirk, PhD
Reports of Seizure History and Problems with Activities of Daily Living in a Medicare Population
H.R. Foushee, PhD, Roy Martin, PhD, Polly Kratt, PhD, Dora Adoboe, MPH and Maria Pisu, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Gerontological Health (newly approved name Aging & Public Health)
Endorsed by: Social Work, Vision Care Section

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)