TitlePsychosocial and Cognitive Health Differences by Caregiver Status Among Older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHerrera, AP, Mendez-Luck, CA, Crist, JD, Smith, MLee, Warre, R, Ory, MG, Markides, K
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Pagination61 - 72
Date Published2/2013

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.