Informal caregiving and Body Mass Index among older adults.

TitleInformal caregiving and Body Mass Index among older adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJenkins, KRahrig, Kabeto, MU, Fultz, NH, Langa, KM
JournalJ Gerontol Nurs
Volume33
Issue4
Pagination42-51
Date Published2007 04
ISSN Number0098-9134
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, Caregivers, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Humans, Male, Social Class
Abstract

The authors sought to obtain nationally representative estimates of the time of informal caregiving provided to older adults classified into the four standard Body Mass Index (BMI) classifications. They estimated multivariate regression models using data from the 2000 Health and Retirement Study to determine the weekly hours of informal caregiving for older adults classified into the four standard BMI classifications. In the fully adjusted models, being underweight was associated with receiving significantly more informal care, however, obesity was not associated with more informal care. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of nursing practice and research to prevent weight loss and frailty.

DOI10.3928/00989134-20070401-06
User Guide Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17436868?dopt=Abstract

Endnote Keywords

Caregiving/Body Mass Index/Obesity

Endnote ID

17390

Alternate JournalJ Gerontol Nurs
Citation Key7140
PubMed ID17436868
Grant ListU01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States