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Table 1 Sample characteristics of the population

From: Falls in young, middle-aged and older community dwelling adults: perceived cause, environmental factors and injury

  Total Population
(N = 1497)
Young (20–45 years)
(N = 292)
Middle (46–65 years)
(N = 616)
Old (> 65 years) (N = 589)
   Fallers
(N = 54)
Non-Fallers
(N = 238)
Fallers
(N = 131)
Non-Fallers
(N = 485)
Fallers
(N = 205)
Non-Fallers
(N = 384)
Age (years) 59.5 ± 16.5 34.0 ± 6.9 35.6 ± 6.8 55.9 ± 5.5 55.1 ± 5.6 78.2 ± 7.1 75.2 ± 6.7
Gender
(% male)
50.6% (757) 46.2% (23) 47.9% (114) 31.3% (41) 44.4% (220) 51.7% (106) 65.9% (253)
Race
(% Caucasian)
72.1% (962) 65.2% (30) 56.2% (109) 69.2% (83) 66.2% (286) 88.4% (167) 81.3% (287)
Marital Status (% subj.)        
Single
(Single, Divorced)
23.5% (299) 37.5% (15) 31.5% (58) 27.7% (31) 30.7% (126) 14.4% (27) 12.3% (42)
Married 66% (842) 62.5% (25) 62.5% (115) 67.0% (75) 67.2% (276) 62.0% (116) 68.9% (235)
Widowed 10.5% (134) NONE 6.0% (11) 5.4% (6) 2.2% (9) 23.5% (44) 18.8% (64)
Annual Income        
(% > $65,000) 57.3% (718) 57.5% (23) 54.9% (100) 61.8% (68) 66.3% (268) 44.2% (80) 53.4% (176)
College Graduates (%) 75.9% (933) 84.2% (32) 80.1% (141) 76.2% (80) 75.3% (298) 71.0% (130) 76.1% (252)
Body Mass Index
(kg*m-2)
       
Male 27.6 ± 3.8 (739) 27.9 ± 4.1 (21) 27.5 ± 3.7 (113) 28.0 ± 4.5 (41) 27.8 ± 3.6 (219) 27.1 ± 3.6 (100) 27.7 ± 4.1 (245)
Female 26.3 ± 4.9 (685) 24.2 ± 3.6 (30) 24.9 ± 4.9 (120) 27.6 ± 5.2 (82) 27.0 ± 5.4 (246) 25.7 ± 3.9 (92) 26.0 ± 4.6 (115)
CES-D Depression Score 1       
(% > 15) 9.5% (136) 18.5% (10) 12.2% (28) 3.3% (4) 7.9% (37) 11.6% (21) 9.7% (36)
Self-Reported Health        
(% Excellent or Good) 93.7% (1152) 100.0% (41) 96.7% (175) 90.8% (99) 98.5% (391) 84.0% (152) 91.9% (294)
Activity Level        
(MET-minutes/24 hours) 2228 ± 660 (1092) 2403 ± 528 (36) 2339 ± 521 (172) 2218 ± 492 (95) 2163 ± 487 (356) 2160 ± 546 (160) 2262 ± 977 (273)
  1. Values are mean ± SD except where indicated
  2. 1CES-D = Center for Epidemiologic Study Depression Scale; Score > 15 indicates significant depressive symptoms