ERIC Number: EJ790380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 40
Caregiving Networks in Later Life: Does Cognitive Status Make a Difference?
Strain, Laurel A.; Blandford, Audrey A.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v22 n3 p261-273 Fall 2003
This study examines the caregiving networks of older adults, with particular emphasis on differences according to cognitive status (n = 303). Individuals with cognitive impairment were significantly more likely than those who were cognitively intact to receive assistance with personal care, linking with the outside world, and mobility. The types of network were generally similar for care receivers with cognitive impairment and those who were cognitively intact, although the percentage of networks comprised solely of the identified caregiver varied depending on the tasks. Co-residence of the caregiver and care receiver was more important than the care receiver's cognitive status for exclusive care by the identified caregiver. Having more ADL/IADL limitations was associated with a reliance on a network of the identified caregiver, in conjunction with other caregivers in several task areas. The findings highlight the complexity of sources of help in later life and the need for future research to consider the caregiving network as a whole. (Contains 1 note and 7 tables.) [Abstract provided in both French and English.]
Descriptors: Caregivers, Older Adults, Cognitive Ability, Foreign Countries, Aging (Individuals), Dementia, Interviews, Screening Tests, Alzheimers Disease, Sex, Helping Relationship
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