When elderly caregivers become vulnerable

February 5, 2018 | Press Releases & Announcements

Wendy Vaughon

Wendy Vaughon

Wendy Vaughon, a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), has published a paper, on which she is lead author, examining the relationship between older care recipient falls and caregiver health. The paper was co-authored by CUNY SPH colleagues faculty William Gallo and master’s student Jennifer Kaufman, Aig Uniuigbe, an alumnus of the CUNY doctoral program, and Dr. Yeonjung Lee, faculty at the University of Calgary. The findings were published in the Canadian Journal on Aging.

The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between caregiving tasks, the frequency of caregiving, and falls among older caregivers.

The research team examined data from the Canadian Community Health Survey on Healthy Aging, using descriptive and logistic regression analyses. They found that overall higher frequency of caregiving was positively associated with falls. However, those who performed household chores were less likely to report falling in the previous year.

The results suggest there factors related to caregiving may play a part in falls among older caregivers. The authors concluded that there was a need for more research using longitudinal and experimental data to better understand the relationship between caregiving tasks and falls in this population.