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Table 3 Logistic regression: Associations between age group and substantial difficulty with physical activities

From: A profile of four patterns of vulnerability to functional decline in older general medicine patients in Victoria, Australia: a cross sectional survey

  Age group
Substantial difficulty 70–74 years 75–84 years 85+ years
Stooping, crouching or kneeling    
n (%) 54 (65.1) 152 (64.4) 147 (71)
 OR n.a. 0.97 1.31
 95 % CI n.a. (0.58–1.64) (0.77–2.26)
Lifting or carrying objects as heavy as 10 lb (4.5 kg)    
n (%) 34 (41) 121 (51.3) 127 (61.4)
 OR n.a. 1.51 2.29*
 95 % CI n.a. (0.91–2.52) (1.36–3.85)
Reaching or extending arms above shoulder level    
n (%) 18 (21.7) 58 (24.6) 53 (25.6)
 OR n.a. 1.18 1.24
 95 % CI n.a. (0.65–2.15) (0.68–2.28)
Writing or grasping small objects    
n (%) 12 (14.5) 35 (14.8) 35 (16.9)
 OR n.a. 1.05 1.22
 95 % CI n.a. (0.51–2.13) (0.60–2.48)
Walking a quarter of a mile (400 m)    
n (%) 44 (53) 151 (64) 127 (61.4)
 OR n.a. 1.59 1.42
 95 % CI n.a. (0.95–2.65) (0.85–2.39)
Heavy housework such as scrubbing floors or washing windows    
n (%) 55 (66.3 177 (75) 177 (85.5)
 OR n.a. 1.50 3.1**
 95 % CI n.a. (0.87–2.59) (1.69–5.71)
  1. Bolding denotes presence of a statistically significant effect (p < .05); *p < .005; **p < .001; n.a. not applicable, reference group