Socio-economic disadvantage from childhood to adulthood and locomotor function in old age: a lifecourse analysis of the Boyd Orr and Caerphilly prospective studies.

@article{Birnie2011SocioeconomicDF,
  title={Socio-economic disadvantage from childhood to adulthood and locomotor function in old age: a lifecourse analysis of the Boyd Orr and Caerphilly prospective studies.},
  author={Kate Birnie and Richard M. Martin and John Gallacher and Antony Bayer and D Gunnell and Shah Ebrahim and Y Ben-Shlomo},
  journal={Journal of epidemiology and community health},
  year={2011},
  volume={65 11},
  pages={1014-23}
}
BACKGROUND Socio-economic influences over a lifetime impact on health and may contribute to poor physical functioning in old age. METHODS The authors examined the impact of both childhood and adulthood socio-economic factors on locomotor function at 63-86 years (measured with the get up and go timed walk and flamingo balance test) in the UK-based Boyd Orr (n=405) and Caerphilly (n=1196) prospective cohorts. RESULTS There was a marked reduction in walking speed and balance time with… CONTINUE READING