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Community Ment Health J. 2013 Feb;49(1):61-72. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9494-1. Epub 2012 Feb 7.

Psychosocial and cognitive health differences by caregiver status among older Mexican Americans.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. yaxche9@gmail.com

Abstract

This study identifies the risk and protective factors associated with informal caregiving by older (≥70 years) Mexican Americans and profiles caregiving arrangements. Overall, a greater number of informal caregivers (n = 92) were married and female. They also had higher physical functioning and better cognition than non-caregivers (n = 1,888) but fewer visited a physician regularly. Informal caregivers also showed an increased risk of depressive symptoms. A third of caregivers spent more than 20 h/day caregiving and the majority (84%) of care recipients were family members. In order to support the efforts of this disproportionately burdened caregiver group, increased social support and healthcare services are needed.

PMID:
22311331
PMCID:
PMC3491112
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-012-9494-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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