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OBJECTIVE . This study examined the differential impact of social roles and socioeconomic resources on the mental health of Korean men and women aged 65 years or older. METHODS The study sample was a weighted population of 930 people (905 survey samples) aged 65 years or older who had responded to the health behavior survey of the 2001 Korean National(More)
BACKGROUND Grip strength, walking speed, chair rising and standing balance time are objective measures of physical capability that characterise current health and predict survival in older populations. Socioeconomic position (SEP) in childhood may influence the peak level of physical capability achieved in early adulthood, thereby affecting levels in later(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the association between employment status and depressive symptoms among Korean individuals according to age and gender. METHODS Data were obtained from a subsample of 3,907 men and 4,914 women aged 45 years and older without any severe disabilities who participated in the 2006 cross-sectional baseline survey of the Korean(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to examine the association between health condition and leaving the labor market among middle-aged and older adults in South Korea. METHODS Data was obtained from individuals aged 45 years and older participating in the 2006 and 2008 Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing. We used various health measures including chronic(More)
BACKGROUND Prospective investigation of obesity and renal function decline in Asia is sparse. We examined the associations of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) with renal function decline in a prospective study of Korean population. METHODS A total of 454 participants who had baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) levels of(More)
BACKGROUND A fall experienced by an elderly person is of special note because it appears to hold a reciprocal causal association with the fear of falling. This study attempts to determine the temporal relationship between the fear of falling and falling among community-dwelling elderly. METHODS Data on falls experienced during the previous three years(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examines the impact of social ties on the relationship between widowhood and depressive symptoms among the older Korean population. METHOD Data were derived from the baseline survey of the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging. The sample consisted of 1,953 men and 2,469 women aged ≥60 years who were married and had at least 1 child.(More)
OBJECTIVE To obtain information on the socioeconomic, medical, and functional status of polio survivors, and to use these results as the preliminary data for establishing the middle-aged cohort of polio survivors. METHODS The subjects were recruited based on the medical records of multiple hospitals and centers. They were assessed through a structured(More)
BACKGROUND This population-based study examined the relative and combined relationships of chronic medical illness (CMI) and depressive symptoms with health care utilization among older adults in South Korea. METHODS A nationally representative sample of 3224 older adults participating in the Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing (KLoSA) were categorized(More)
The purpose of this study is to assess health-related quality of life in polio survivors (PS) compared with that in the general population in Korea. Polio survivors (n = 120) from outpatient clinics at two hospitals, healthy controls (HC, n = 121) and members of the general population with activity limitations (AL, n = 121) recruited through a(More)