Health impacts of caregiving for older adults with functional limitations: results from the Singapore survey on informal caregiving.
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the health impact, in terms of depression, self-rated health, and health services utilization, of providing care to older adults (75+) requiring human assistance in at least one activity of daily living (ADL) limitation. METHOD: Data from 1,077 caregivers and 318 noncaregivers, interviewed in the Singapore Survey on Informal Caregiving, was used to examine differences in depressive symptoms, self-rated health, and number of outpatient visits in the last 1 month between caregivers and noncaregivers. Multivariate models for the outcomes, adjusting for characteristics of the caregiver/noncaregiver and care-recipient/potential care recipient, were run. RESULTS: Caregivers were more depressed, had poorer self-rated health, and had a higher rate of outpatient visits in the past month compared to noncaregivers. DISCUSSION: The study indicates the need for support services to family caregivers of older adults with ADL limitations.
Chan, A; Malhotra, C; Malhotra, R; Rush, AJ; Østbye, T
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