Burden of caregivers who care for oldest-old parents with disability: A cross-sectional study

Geriatr Nurs. 2021 Jul-Aug;42(4):792-798. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.04.013. Epub 2021 Jun 2.


Objective: To describe the characteristics of oldest-old Chinese with disability and their adult-child caregivers, and the extent to which these characteristics were associated with caregiver burden.

Methods: The study was based on 168 pairs of disabled oldest-old adults and their adult-child caregivers, derived from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey. Descriptive analyses of care recipients' and caregivers' characteristics were conducted respectively, in reference to caregiver burden. Statistically significant characteristics identified in these bivariate analyses were then jointly evaluated in multiple linear regression models with caregiver burden as the outcome.

Results: Care recipients positive emotion status [(β = -0.227 (-0.412, -0.042)], multiple chronic disease [(β = 0.513 (0.081, 0.945)], and caregivers spent more caregiving time [(β = 0.225 (0.061, 0.389)] were main factors associated with caregiver burden.

Conclusion: Adult-children caregivers perceived heavier burden if care recipients had low positive emotions, had multiple chronic diseases, and caregivers spent more time caregiving.

Keywords: Adult children; Caregiver burden; Chinese; Disability; Parent-child dyads.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Parents