Use of assistive devices – a reality full of contradictions in elderly persons' everyday life

  title={Use of assistive devices – a reality full of contradictions in elderly persons' everyday life},
  author={G. H{\"a}ggblom-Kronl{\"o}f and Ulla Sonn},
  journal={Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology},
  pages={335 - 345}
Purpose. The aim was to explore very old persons' use and experience of assistive devices in daily occupations and changes over a ten-year period. Method. This study focuses on 86-year olds (n = 201) and following a retrospective longitudinal design, reviews their situation at the age of 76 (n = 199). Data were collected by structured and open-ended interviews during home visits and subjected to statistical and content analysis. Results. A significantly higher proportion (69%) used assistive… 

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