West Orange, NJ. November 13, 2012. Kessler Foundation scientists will present their study showing the negative impact of long-term caregiving on cognition at the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held November 14-18 , 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. http://www.geron.org/annual-meeting/media-center/media-registration
Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, and Peii Chen, PhD, compared caregivers of stroke survivors with non-caregivers, using data from the Health and Retirement Study. They found that caregivers were more likely to be female, older, have lower socioeconomic status and be from a minority group. Caregivers reported more health problems, more depressive symptoms, and performed more poorly on measures of working memory, declarative memory, and recall. "These findings show that the impact of stroke is profound," noted Dr. Botticello. "There is a ripple effect that affects families, particularly spouses. The risk for stroke is higher among poor families, so we are talking about added burdens on spouses who lack the resources to cope. Because caregivers are more likely to be women, and care may be rendered for years, this is a women's health issue also."
Dr. Chen is a research scientist in Stroke Rehabilitation Research and Dr. Botticello is a research scientist in Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation. They both have faculty appointments at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Their poster presentation is Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 am:
Does Stroke Caregiving Affect Cognition? An Investigation of Change over Time
A. L. Botticello; P. Chen
Outcomes & Assessment, Kessler Foundation Research Center, West Orange, NJ; University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, USA
Purpose: Prior research attributes
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