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

  • Herrera A
  • Mendez-Luck C
  • Crist J
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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.

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  • Cognition
  • Depression
  • Informal caregiving
  • Mexican Americans

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  • Angelica P. Herrera

  • Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck

  • Janice D. Crist

  • Matthew Lee Smith

  • Ruth Warre

  • Marcia G. Ory

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