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Table 1 Demographic characteristics and health status indicators of all participants, participants who completed the TUG test, and participants at risk of falling

From: Risk of falls and fear of falling in older adults residing in public housing in Ontario, Canada: findings from a multisite observational study

VariableAll Participants (n = 595)Completed TUG Test (n = 257)At Risk of Falling (n = 62)
n (%)an (%)bn (%)c
Gender
 Male111 (18.7)47 (18.3)16 (25.8)
 Female484 (81.3)210 (81.7)46 (74.2)
Age
 55–64127 (21.3)52 (20.2)13 (21.0)
 65–74215 (36.1)90 (35.0)14 (22.6)
 75–84195 (32.8)86 (33.5)19 (30.6)
 85+58 (9.7)29 (11.3)16 (25.8)
Ethnicity
 White516 (86.7)237 (92.2)57 (91.9)
 Other79 (13.3)20 (7.8)5 (8.1)
Education
 Some high school289 (50.0)134 (52.3)37 (59.7)
 High school diploma116 (20.1)48 (18.8)14 (22.6)
 Some or completed post-secondary173 (29.9)74 (28.9)11 (17.7)
Lives Alone532 (90.8)232 (90.6)56 (90.3)
Fallen in the Past Year205 (34.5)150 (58.4)38 (61.3)
Ever Sought Medical Attention for a Fall120 (20.2)93 (36.2)30 (48.4)
Has a Fear of Falling231 (38.8)169 (65.8)50 (80.6)
Mobility Issues323 (56.2)159 (63.1)55 (90.2)
Self-Care Issues118 (20.6)61 (24.3)29 (47.5)
Issues Performing Usual Activities225 (39.2)116 (46.0)44 (72.1)
Pain/Discomfort398 (69.2)185 (73.4)54 (88.5)
Anxiety/Depression273 (47.6)137 (54.4)42 (68.9)
Number of Medications
 None99 (16.6)25 (9.7)5 (8.1)
 1–4159 (26.7)64 (24.9)5 (8.1)
 5–9212 (35.6)105 (40.9)24 (38.7)
 10+125 (21.0)63 (24.5)28 (45.2)
Perceived Health State
 Poor57 (9.8)31 (12.1)14 (22.6)
 Fair162 (27.9)82 (31.9)23 (37.1)
 Good222 (38.3)97 (37.7)19 (30.6)
 Very Good/Excellent139 (24.0)47 (18.3)6 (9.7)
Diabetes174 (29.8)85 (33.1)29 (46.8)
Heart Disease120 (20.6)55 (21.4)20 (32.3)
Hypertension366 (63.5)169 (66.0)46 (74.2)
High Cholesterol282 (48.5)138 (53.7)34 (54.8)
Stroke53 (9.1)25 (9.7)9 (14.5)
Physically Active (30 min per day)301 (50.6)130 (50.6)29 (46.8)
Fruits and Vegetables Everyday335 (56.3)119 (46.3)31 (50.0)
Salt Intake
 Never201 (34.7)95 (37.1)28 (45.2)
 Rarely134 (23.1)50 (19.5)10 (16.1)
 Sometimes105 (18.1)45 (17.6)14 (22.6)
 Often55 (9.5)26 (10.2)2 (3.2)
 Always85(14.7)40 (15.6)8 (12.9)
Current Smoker150 (25.8)70 (27.2)10 (16.1)
Consumes Any Alcohol114 (19.6)61 (23.8)12 (19.4)
Has a Family Doctor527 (88.6)234 (91.1)59 (95.2)
Body Mass Index
 Normal141 (24.2)62 (24.1)14 (22.6)
 Underweight18 (3.1)10 (3.9)1 (1.6)
 Overweight177 (30.4)72 (28.0)15 (24.2)
 Obese247 (42.4)113 (44.0)32 (51.6)
  1. Note: TUG Timed Up and Go Test, an objective assessment of fall risk; a missing data was less than 3.6% for each variable; b missing data was less than 2.4% for each variable; c missing data was less than 1.7% for each variable