Self-Rated Health and Functional Status

African Americans have usually been found to rate their health less positively than other American older adults and have more functional disabilities. See Table 2 below.

Percent Who Report Activities of Daily Living Limitations: 1994, Age 70 and Over

Activities of Daily Living Limitations

All

Black

Bathing/Showering 8.2 11.5
Dressing 6.0 8.1
Eating 1.9 NA
Getting In/Out of Bed or Chair 9.2 11.1
Walking 18.7 25.0
Getting Outside 7.5 11.0
Using Toilet 2.2 2.9
Source: Trends in Health and Aging, www.cdc.gov/hchs.agingact.htm