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Table 1 Estimated prevalence (%) of difficulty using hands, arms or legs, by age and sex

From: Prevalence of motor impairment in residents of New South Wales, Australia aged 55 years and over: cross-sectional survey of the 45 and Up cohort

Age Men (N = 1,055,316) Women (N = 1,160,321) All (N = 2,215,637)
Difficulty using hands, arms or legs
 55–64 (N = 930,520) 30.9 (28.9 to 33) 35.8 (34.1 to 37.5) 33.4 (32.1 to 34.7)
 65–74 (N = 719,450) 32.7 (31 to 34.4) 37.1 (35.6 to 38.6) 34.9 (33.8 to 36.1)
 75–84 (N = 393,247) 36.5 (33.8 to 39.2) 45.1 (42.6 to 47.6) 41.1 (39.3 to 43)
 85+ (N = 172,420) 52.1 (47.6 to 56.7) 59.6 (55.1 to 63.9) 56.8 (53.6 to 60)
Total (55+) (N = 2,215,637) 33.7 (32.5 to 34.9) 40.1 (39.1 to 41.2) 37.1 (36.3 to 37.9)
Difficulty using hands
 55–64 (N = 930,520) 9.5 (8.3 to 10.9) 14.2 (13 to 15.5) 11.8 (11 to 12.7)
 65–74 (N = 719,450) 10 (8.9 to 11.1) 14.4 (13.3 to 15.5) 12.1 (11.4 to 12.9)
 75–84 (N = 393,247) 10.3 (8.7 to 12.2) 16.8 (15 to 18.7) 13.3 (12.1 to 14.6)
 85+ (N = 172,420) 17.5 (14.3 to 21.2) 25.2 (21.5 to 29.4) 20.3 (17.8 to 23.1)
Total (55+) (N = 2,215,637) 10.6 (9.8 to 11.4) 15.3 (14.6 to 16.1) 12.8 (12.3 to 13.4)
Difficulty using arms
 55–64 (N = 930,520) 8.2 (7.1 to 9.4) 9.2 (8.2 to 10.2) 8.7 (7.9 to 9.5)
 65–74 (N = 719,450) 7.8 (6.9 to 8.8) 9.3 (8.4 to 10.3) 8.6 (7.9 to 9.3)
 75–84 (N = 393,247) 9 (7.4 to 10.8) 11.9 (10.3 to 13.6) 10.3 (9.2 to 11.6)
 85+ (N = 172,420) 13.2 (10.4 to 16.7) 19.1 (15.7 to 23) 15.3 (13.1 to 17.9)
Total (55+) (N = 2,215,637) 8.7 (8 to 9.4) 10.3 (9.6 to 10.9) 9.4 (9 to 9.9)
Difficulty using legs
 55–64 (N = 930,520) 14.5 (13 to 16.1) 15.5 (14.2 to 16.8) 15 (14 to 16)
 65–74 (N = 719,450) 16.1 (14.8 to 17.5) 17.7 (16.5 to 18.9) 16.9 (16 to 17.8)
 75–84 (N = 393,247) 19.8 (17.6 to 22.2) 26.4 (24.2 to 28.7) 22.8 (21.2 to 24.5)
 85+ (N = 172,420) 32.3 (28.2 to 36.6) 34.8 (30.6 to 39.2) 33.2 (30.2 to 36.4)
Total (55+) (N = 2,215,637) 17.7 (16.7 to 18.7) 19.2 (18.4 to 20.1) 18.4 (17.8 to 19.1)
  1. Prevalence is given as a percentage of people in that cell. Marginal totals (Ns) are for the population (not the sample) based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data for 2018 [20]. The mean age of men and women within each age category differed by less than 0.2 years
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