Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Informal Caregiving By And For Older Adults – Health Affairs Blog

by Donna Wagner and Emiko Takagi

The primary focus of this analysis is to examine trends and key findings for caregivers of persons 50+, with an emphasis on the older caregivers. We use the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP’s national surveys of informal caregivers conducted in 2009 and make selected comparisons with the 1997 and 2004 NAC/AARP surveys. Although each survey consists of a unique sample, there are questions that are consistent across the three surveys and an operational definition of “caregiver” that is used in the screening to ensure that respondents are representative of the same caregiving population.
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