Elaine M Brody

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THE use of formal devices for assessing function is becoming standard in agencies serving the elderly. In the Gerontological Society's recent contract study on functional assessment (Howell, 1968), a large assortment of rating scales, checklists, and other techniques in use in applied settings was easily assembled. The present state of the trade seems to be(More)
Caregiving dynamics were studied in a sample of 157 Black caregivers of elders suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. By comparison with White caregivers (N = 472), there were fewer spouses and more nonspouse-nonchild caregivers among Blacks. With control exercised on background and socioeconomic variables, race differences in caregiving(More)
After a baseline interview of 642 caregivers of aged Alzheimer's disease victims, half were offered formal respite care. Over 12 months, families with respite care maintained their impaired relative significantly longer in the community (22 days). Although respite was ineffective for caregiver burden and mental health, satisfaction was very high. Although(More)
Data on the effects of women's changing roles on attitudes toward responsibility for care of elderly adults were gathered from three generations of women (N = 403). Elderly women, middle-generation daughters, and young-adult granddaughters were compared on responses to Likert-scaled attitude items relating to gender-appropriate roles and care of elderly(More)
Daughters who are principal caregivers to disabled elderly mothers are compared with their geographically proximate sisters and brothers as to the amount of help each group provides, the effects of care they experience, and the problems and benefits of the siblings' interactions about the caregiving situations. Caregivers reported the most and brothers the(More)
Three generations of women (N = 403) were surveyed to discover their opinions about appropriate filial behavior toward elderly parents and their personal preferences among various providers of services that they might need in old age. Opinions were elicited by a vignette focused on what hypothetical adult children with differing situational characteristics(More)
Predictors of depression in a study of 331 adult children whose parents resided in nursing homes were respondent's poor health, time pressures, viewing the parent as demanding, and lack of involvement with IADL tasks. Emotional effects specific to parent's situation were predicted by poor health, negative perceptions of nursing home staff, upsetting visits,(More)