Family caregivers are the main providers of home care to older adults, especially as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia rises. Caregiving can take a toll on caregivers’ physical and mental health, which impacts both their own well-being and their care recipients’ health outcomes. This brief summarizes findings from a study that used data from the 2017 National Study on Caregiving (NSOC) to estimate the prevalence of arthritis and activity-limiting pain among 1,930 family caregivers to older adults. Over half of all caregivers reported bothersome pain in the previous month, 24% of whom had pain that limited their activities on most or every day.
Bothersome Pain, Caregiving, Arthritis
Family, Life Course, and Society | Medicine and Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Thank you to Janet Wilmoth, Alyssa Kirk, and Shannon Monnat for edits to a previous version of this brief. This research was funded by the National Institute on Aging [T32 AG049666 to SGT and JRMR, 5K24AG053462-07 to MCR]
National Institute on Aging
T32 AG049666 to SGT and JRMR, 5K24AG053462-07 to MCR
Turner, Shelbie G., Robinson, Jamie R. M., Pillemer, Karl A., Reid, M. Cary. (2024). Pain Limits Family Caregivers’ Daily Activities. Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. Research Brief #109. Accessed at: https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/240
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