Exploring the role of peer density in the self-reported oral health outcomes of older adults: A kernel density based approach

Michael J. Widener, Sara S. Metcalf, Mary Northridge, Bibhas Chakraborty, Stephen M. Marshall, Ira B. Lamster

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Abstract

Previous research has documented that oral health is inextricably linked with overall health and is an important component of successful aging. Additionally, peer social interactions are known to improve older adults' general well-being by increasing social opportunities and knowledge of local resources. This study examines the relationship between peer density of participants aged 50 and older in the ElderSmile program and self-reported oral health in northern Manhattan. Results from logistic regression models found that higher peer kernel density estimation values are associated with better self-reported oral health. This reinforces the need for place-based health interventions, and provides new evidence of the importance of peer communities for older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)782-788
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Kernel density estimation
  • Logistic regression
  • Older adults
  • Oral health
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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