2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Who Cares? Daughters and Elder Family Member Nursing Home Use

Emma C. Rollings
Dr. Terry Olson, Faculty Mentor

Economic development and technological advancements over the past century have led to broad improvements in longevity around the world. While longer average life remains a triumph of modern society, new challenges emerge with growing numbers of elderly citizens. The need for long-term care, as well as the associated expense, is projected to balloon in the coming decades. Understanding what factors influence decisions surrounding personal preparation for the risk of needing long-term care, who shall pay for or provide care, and what types of care individuals desire is vital to preparing for a future with more elderly than ever in human history. Utilizing data collected by the Health and Retirement Study, this project examined the effect of the presence of daughters on the length of time an individual utilized nursing home care, typically one of the most expensive of long-term care options.   

Keywords: economics of healthcare, long-term care, elderly, nursing homes, domestic labor, caregiving, informal care, family structure


Presentation Type: Face-to-Face Oral Presentation

Session: 402-2
Location: SUB Activities Room
Time: 3:45

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