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Table 2 Population Characteristics and Proportion of Sensory Disabled Canadian Older Adults Aged 55 Years and Older, 1991 Health and Activities Limitation Survey (n = 5,271,900)*

From: The relationship between sensory impairment and functional independence among elderly

Variables   Overall Sample (%) Sensory Disabled (%)
Age 55–64 Years 44.9 10.5§
  65+ Years 55.1 23.0
Gender Female 54.4 18.3‡
  Male 45.6 16.6
Marital Status Single 7.7 19.2§
  Married 65.1 15.6
  Div/Sep/Wid 27.1 21.3
Total Household Income Income less than 10,000 19.6 19.5§
  $10,000–$24,999 50.0 20.0
  $25,000–$34,999 30.4 11.1
  $35,000 and over 17.0 11.5
Tenure of Dwelling Owned 75.1 16.4§
  Rented 22.3 20.4
Type of Dwelling Single 64.2 17.9†
  Other 35.8 16.6
Number of Persons in Household 1 person 19.6 22.6§
  2 persons 50.0 16.8
  3 persons 30.4 15.0
Degree of Urbanization Urban 80.2 16.6§
  Rural 19.8 20.8
Regions of Canada Atlantic 8.3 20.8§
  Quebec 25.3 12.9
  Ontario 37.9 17.6
  Prairies 15.5 21.5
  British Columbia 12.8 18.8
  Yukon and NWT 0.1 20.0
Sensory Disability Classification SD-HA 4.1 -
  HD-SA 10.5 -
  SD-HD 3.0 -
  SD and/or HD (Total) 17.6 -
  1. * n = Weighted sample size of respondents Chi-square analyses were conducted separately for each response category to compare individuals with and without sensory disabilities † p ≤ 0.05, ‡ p < 0.01, § p < 0.001