Hannele Polku

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BACKGROUND Life-space mobility reflects individuals' actual mobility and engagement with society. Difficulty in hearing is common among older adults and can complicate participation in everyday activities, thus restricting life-space mobility. The aim of this study was to examine whether self-reported hearing predicts changes in life-space mobility among(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the association between life-space mobility and different dimensions of depressive symptoms among older community-dwelling people. METHODS Cross-sectional analyses of baseline data of the 'Life-Space Mobility in Old Age' cohort study were carried out. The participants were community-dwelling women and men aged 75-90 years (N = 848).(More)
BACKGROUND Hearing difficulties are prevalent among older people and can lead to difficulties in social interaction. These difficulties may increase the tendency to remain at home and withdraw from leisure activities. AIMS To investigate whether self-reported hearing problems are associated with time spent out-of-home and withdrawal from a leisure(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the associations between self-reported hearing problems and physical performance and self-reported difficulties in mobility and activities of daily living (ADLs) in community-dwelling older adults. DESIGN Cross-sectional cohort study. SETTING Community. PARTICIPANTS Men and women aged 75 to 90 (N = 848). MEASUREMENTS Structured(More)
BACKGROUND Older adults with hearing difficulties face problems of communication which may lead to underuse of health services. This study investigated the association of hearing loss and self-reported hearing difficulty with the use of health services and unmet health care needs in older adults. METHODS Data on persons aged 65 and older (n = 2144) drawn(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the association between perceived benefit from hearing aid (HA) use and life-space mobility among older adults. METHOD Cross-sectional analysis of 76- to 91-year-old community-dwelling adults ( n = 702). Data on perceived hearing with and without a HA were obtained via postal questionnaire and data on life-space mobility (Life-Space(More)
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