Impact of falling on social participation and social support trajectories in a middle-aged and elderly European sample

TitleImpact of falling on social participation and social support trajectories in a middle-aged and elderly European sample
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPin Le Corre, S, Spini, D
JournalSSM - Population Health
Volume2
Pagination382-389
Keywordsaccidental fall, cohort survey, social participation, social support
Abstract

Whereas falls are frequent and traumatic events for the elderly, their long-term consequences in terms of the social lives of older fallers are understudied. This study aimed to identify the impact of falling on the trajectories of social participation and social support of older people in Europe. Our sample consisted of 16,583 people aged 50 to 95 years from 11 European countries who responded to the first three waves of the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The impact of falling on the trajectories of social participation and social support was examined using generalized estimating equation (GEE) models. The effect of the interactions between falling and frailty and between falling and social support on social participation was assessed. Falls were negatively associated with social participation (OR = 0.73, p

DOI10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.05.004
Refereed DesignationRefereed