Physical and mental incapacity in elderly White persons in Cape Town. A community survey

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  • A community survey of 150 White persons over the age of 60 years living in the community in Cape Town showed that incapacity due to physical illness or impairment of function is present to some degree in 33%. Cognitive defects were present in 12%, poor social contacts in 19%, and lack of social and emotional support in 10%. Financial problems (12%) and unsatisfactory housing (3%) were the main material problems. Notwithstanding the above, it appeared that most elderly persons were managing adequately and that 85% were satisfied with their life circumstances.
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  • Gillis LS; Elk R
  • Start Page

  • 147
  • End Page

  • 149
  • Volume

  • 59
  • Issue

  • 5