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RACIAL/ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN THE HEALTH OF SPOUSAL CAREGIVERS FOR PERSONS WITH AND WITHOUT DEMENTIA

      Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD) may extract a high toll as the disease causes memory loss, reduces the ability to communicate and changes personality and behavior. African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites to have ADRD and be caregivers. Current evidence from cross-sectional studies suggests caregiving for persons with ADRD is associated with adverse health outcomes. However, these poor outcomes may be overstated due to poor initial health or understated if persons with good health are more likely to provide care, and may differ by race/ethnicity.
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