Opportunities to Improve Survey Measures of Late-Life Disability: Part I - Workshop Overview. OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVING EXISTING DISABILITY MEASURES


Recent advances in disability theory and measurement provide new opportunities for surveys to improve upon existing disability measures. To facilitate discussion and set the stage for workshop presentations on innovations in measurement, here we provide background in three areas: advances in conceptual thinking about disability; efforts to standardize disability measures across groups and countries; and efforts to understand and improve measures of the underlying components of disability--physical functioning, technological accommodations, the environment, and the specific tasks in which older people engage.

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