Prevalence of chronic illnesses and characteristics of chronically ill informal caregivers of persons with dementia

Xiao Rong Wang, Karen M. Robinson, Lisa Carter-Harris

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Objectives: To examine the prevalence of and the link of chronic illnesses (CIs) to informal caregivers of persons with dementia (PWDs), as well as to identify characteristics of caregivers with CIs. Methods: The sample included 124 caregivers of PWDs from a caregiver programme of research. Sociodemographic information and caregivers CIs were collected by an in-person interview. Descriptive statistics, t-tests, chi-square analysis and binary logistic regressions were performed for data analysis.Results: Approximately 81.5% (n = 101) of caregivers reported having at least one CI, 60.5% (n = 75) reported two or more CIs. Caregivers with CIs were more likely to be older and unemployed; advanced age and female gender were risk factors for CIs. The link of CIs to caregivers was stronger in younger caregivers but weaker in older caregivers when compared with the general population. Conclusion: targeted interventions based on this study need to be developed to improve the health of caregivers of PWDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberaft142
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic illness
  • Community
  • Dementia
  • Informal caregivers
  • Older people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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