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Informal Caregiving for Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Among Elderly Americans


  • Kenneth M. Langa

    (University of Michigan)

  • Sandeep Vijan

    (Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research)

  • Rodney A. Hayward
  • Michael E. Chernew
  • Caroline S. Blaum
  • Mohammed U. Kabeto
  • David R. Weir
  • Steven J. Katz
  • Robert J. Willis
  • Mark Fendrick


Objectives: Little is known regarding the amount of time spent by unpaid caregivers providing help to elderly individuals for disabilities associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). We sought to obtain nationally representative estimates of the time, and associated cost, of informal caregiving provided to the elderly with diabetes, and to determine the complications of DM that contribute most significantly to the subsequent need for informal care. Methods: We estimated multivariable regression models using data from the 1993 Asset and Health Dynamics (AHEAD) Study, a nationally representative survey of people aged 70 or older (N=7,443), to determine the weekly hours of informal caregiving and imputed cost of caregiver time for community-dwelling elderly with and without a diagnosis of DM. Results: Those without DM received an average of 6.1 hours per week of informal care, those with DM taking no medications received 10.5 hours, those with DM taking oral medications received 10.1 hours, and those with DM taking insulin received 14.4 hours of care (P

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  • Kenneth M. Langa & Sandeep Vijan & Rodney A. Hayward & Michael E. Chernew & Caroline S. Blaum & Mohammed U. Kabeto & David R. Weir & Steven J. Katz & Robert J. Willis & Mark Fendrick, 2001. "Informal Caregiving for Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Among Elderly Americans," Working Papers wp013, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:mrr:papers:wp013

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