Vision impairment, physical functioning and falls among late middle-aged women

Project ID: 814

Cube proposed by: Carrie Anne Karvonen-Gutierrez

Unit: Public Health

Cycle: MCubed 2.0

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About this project: 
Severe vision impairment is an established risk factor for falls in older adults but little is known regarding the impact of moderate vision problems on physical functioning and fall risk among younger populations. Data from the Michigan Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (MI-SWAN) has shown that vision impairment (vision poorer than 20/40) during the mid-life is predictive of poorer performance-based physical functioning up to ten years later. Further, at the most recent visit (when women were age 60-70 years), nearly 25% of MI-SWAN women have reported falling in the past year. The goal of the proposed project is to evaluate the inter-relationship among vision, performance-based physical functioning and risk of falls among late middle-age/early late-life women (age 62-72) in the MI-SWAN cohort. The MI-SWAN cohort, first established in 1996, now includes approximately 380 active women.