Poorer self-rated physical health represents an important outcome of dementia caregiving. However, the impact of specific caregiver and patient factors on this variable remains unclear. This study investigated factors associated with perceived health status among 64 white non-Hispanic family caregivers of community-dwelling Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. In the current study, greater depressive symptoms reported by the caregiver and older caregiver age predicted poorer self-rated health. The results suggest caregiver variables, rather than patient characteristics, are the principal factors impacting the perceived physical adjustment of AD family caregivers in the community.
- Caregiver depression, self-rated health, appraisal
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