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

Angelica P. Herrera, Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, Janice D. Crist, Matthew Lee Smith, Ruth Warre, Marcia G. Ory, Kyriakos Markides

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

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Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Depression
  • Informal caregiving
  • Mexican Americans

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)

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Psychosocial and cognitive health differences by caregiver status among older Mexican Americans. / Herrera, Angelica P.; Mendez-Luck, Carolyn A.; Crist, Janice D.; Smith, Matthew Lee; Warre, Ruth; Ory, Marcia G.; Markides, Kyriakos.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1, 02.2013, p. 61-72.

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Herrera, Angelica P. ; Mendez-Luck, Carolyn A. ; Crist, Janice D. ; Smith, Matthew Lee ; Warre, Ruth ; Ory, Marcia G. ; Markides, Kyriakos. / Psychosocial and cognitive health differences by caregiver status among older Mexican Americans. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 49, No. 1. pp. 61-72.
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