Table 1

Older adults’ demographic characteristics and chronic conditions (n=21)

Characteristicsn (%)
Gender
 Male11 (52.4)
 Female10 (47.6)
Age in years (mean, SD)(76.9, 7.4)
 65–7410 (47.6)
 75–847 (33.3)
 85+4 (19.0)
Marital status
 Married/common law15 (71.4)
 Widowed4 (19.0)
 Single/never married/divorced2 (9.5)
Education
 Grade 8 or less4 (19.0)
 Some high school4 (19.0)
 Graduated high school3 (14.3)
 Some university/college3 (14.3)
 Graduated university/college6 (28.6)
 Technical or trade school1 (4.8)
Household income ($C)
 ≤19 9992 (9.5)
 20 000–39 9997 (33.3)
 40 000–59 9999 (42.9)
 ≥60 0003 (14.3)
Number of chronic conditions (mean, SD)(7.4, 2.7)
 ≤43 (14.3)
 5–615 (71.4)
 ≥103 (14.3)
Most common chronic conditions
 Cardiovascular disease (ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmia)18 (85.7)
 Hypertension17 (80.9)
 Diabetes*15 (71.4)
 Arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis13 (61.9)
 Dementia and other memory conditions (Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, vascular cerebral atrophy)*11 (52.4)
 Stroke and transient ischaemic attack*11 (52.4)
 Depression or anxiety10 (47.6)
 Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic bronchitis6 (28.6)
Vision disorders6 (28.6)
 Recruitment source:
 Family practice setting 19 (42.9)
 Family practice setting 26 (28.6)
 Alzheimer Society3 (14.3)
 Media postings3 (14.3)
  • *Participants had to have one of these three conditions to be eligible.