Am J Ophthalmol 2021 Apr 5. Epub 2021 Apr 5.
Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA; The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA; Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health, Baltimore, MD, USA; Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Electronic address:
Purpose: To examine caregiving relationships for older adults with vision impairment (VI) DESIGN: Cross-sectional study with a nationally representative sample METHODS: Setting: The National Health and Aging Trends Study linked to the National Study of Caregiving, Year 2011 STUDY POPULATION: 1,776 family/unpaid caregivers to community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries age ≥65 years Main Outcome Measure(s): In the preceding month, the number of: (1) hours of care provided, (2) valued activities affected by caregiving, and (3) odds of experiencing substantial emotional, (4) financial, and (5) physical difficulty related to providing care EXPOSURE: VI defined as report of blindness or difficulty with distance or near vision RESULTS: Among 1,776 caregivers, 428 spent an average of 111 (SE=9.1) hours per month assisting older adults with VI, while 1,348 spent an average of 72 (SE=3.3) hours assisting older adults without VI. Read More