Does Caregiving Increase Poverty among Women in Later Life? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey

TitleDoes Caregiving Increase Poverty among Women in Later Life? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWakabayashi, C, Donato, KM
JournalJournal of Health and Social Behavior
Volume47
Issue3
Pagination258-74
Call Numberpubs_2006_Wakabayashi.pdf
KeywordsHealthcare, Income, Women and Minorities
Abstract

Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population and reductions in federal funding, elder care has become a major issue for many families. This paper focuses on a long-term consequence of elder care by asking how caring for elderly parents affects women's subsequent risks of living in poverty. Using longitudinal data from the Health and Retirement Study, we examine whether and how caregiving for parents in 1991 increases women's risks of living in households with incomes less than the poverty threshold, receiving public assistance, and receiving Medicaid in 1999. Our findings illustrate that caregiving in earlier life raises women's poverty risks in later life by intensifying the negative effects of stopping work and declining health on women's economic well-being.

Endnote Keywords

Caregiving/WOMEN/Poverty

Endnote ID

16920

Citation Key7102