Psychosocial and cognitive health differences by caregiver status among older Mexican Americans.
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This study identifies the risk and protective factors associated with informal caregiving by older (70years) 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 20h/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.
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Herrera, A. P., Mendez-Luck, C. A., Crist, J. D., Smith, M. L., Warre, R., Ory, M. G., & Markides, K.
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Herrera, Angelica P||Mendez-Luck, Carolyn A||Crist, Janice D||Smith, Matthew Lee||Warre, Ruth||Ory, Marcia G||Markides, Kyriakos