RB 5_15 Exploring the Other Side of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: Informal Caregivers

This paper investigates metro-nonmetro differences in caregiving for sufferers of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia.
Based on the reasoning that caregiving is learned vicariously, for example, through observation, differences in both observer
characteristics and external reinforcement were analyzed for both the geographies. Data are from the National Health and Aging
Trends Study. Data analysis suggests that a typical caregiver is a female age 50 and above with a high school education. On
average, caregivers in the metro work for longer hours, 6hours per day in the metro compared to 4hours in the nonmetro.