Profiles of COVID-19 Impact on Informal Caregivers of Older Mexican Americans

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Objectives: This manuscript is a descriptive exploratory study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for caregivers of very old Mexican Americans. Methods: Using data from Wave 10 of the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of Elderly (2021), we examined the characteristics of caregivers of very old Mexican Americans by their perceived level of impact from the pandemic. We examined sociodemographic characteristics, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, stress and depression, and health of caregivers and care recipients. Results: Caregivers who reported the most impact were more likely to report financial and emotional stress. They reported more depressive symptoms and high levels of distress related to neuropsychological behavior symptoms of their care recipient. Discussion: High levels of depressive symptoms, financial stress, and neuropsychological behavior symptoms illustrate that the concerns of caregivers before the pandemic were heightened during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-825
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of aging and health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Mexican Americans
  • caregiving
  • dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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