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Baby Boomers as Caregivers: Results From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 44 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2015–2017
Caregivers who are baby boomers more commonly report frequent mental distress and have more chronic health conditions than noncaregivers, which might put them at risk of needing care themselves. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2015–2017) for 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, researchers classified 109,268 baby boomers as caregivers or noncaregivers and compared their general health (poor or fair vs good, very good, or excellent), chronic health conditions, and frequent mental distress (FMD). FMD was defined as 14 days or more of poor mental health in the past month. One in 4 baby boomers were caregivers. In adjusted models, male caregivers had a higher prevalence of fair to poor health than noncaregivers. More caregivers than noncaregivers had at least 1 chronic health condition and more often had FMD. The health of baby boomer caregivers is a public health priority, as these caregivers might need support to maintain their own physical and mental health.
Idoneous Constuling, Contractor
Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC
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