The Gerontologist, Vol 36, Issue 1 106-109, Copyright © 1996 by The Gerontological Society of America
Can data from the decennial census measure trends in mobility limitation among the aged?
LB Shrestha and I Rosenwaike
The World Bank, Human Development Department, Washington, DC 20433, USA.
We evaluate whether trends in the prevalence of disability among the aged
can be investigated using the 1980 U.S. Census' public transportation
question and the 1990 query on mobility limitation. Despite the obvious
difference in the two questions, we found remarkable similarity in major
cross-sectional patterns, such as those by age and sex, when comparing
results from the two data sets. This result, coupled with the large number
of observations available in the U.S. censuses, suggests that census data
may be a suitable data source to study mobility limitation patterns in the
small subgroups of the population that are frequently underrepresented in