|Title||Grandparent Caregiving, Race, and Cognitive Functioning in a Population-Based Sample of Older Adults|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Sneed, RS, Schulz, R|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Health|
|Keywords||Caregiving, Cognitive Ability, Grandparents, Intergenerational ties, Race/ethnicity|
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between noncustodial grandparent caregiving and cognition using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a population-based study of older adults. Method: Participants were White and African American grandparents aged ≥65 years. Only noncustodial grandparents who reported not living with their grandchildren over the three waves were included in our analyses. Grandparent caregiving status and cognition were assessed in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Analyses controlled for demographics, baseline health, depressive symptoms, and baseline cognition. Results: Both the number of waves of grandparent caregiving and the total number of grandparent caregiving hours across the three waves were associated with better cognitive functioning at 4-year follow-up in 2010. Associations were observed among Whites, but not among African Americans. Discussion: This study uses longitudinal data to evaluate the association between grandparent caregiving and cognitive functioning. Findings suggest that providing care may be beneficial for some grandparents.
|PubMed Central ID||PMC6474833|