Margaret A Perkinson

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Daughters and daughters-in-law of presently unmarried elders were studied longitudinally, and the data were analyzed to determine how two transitions in caregiving status affected the women of the younger generation. One transition compared noncaregivers who had become caregivers 1 year later ("caregiving entrants," n = 33) with continuing noncaregivers (n(More)
Most older adults prefer to live at home as long as possible, requiring supports and services to help them age in place. This study examines the relocation concerns of a group of older adults in a suburban naturally-occurring retirement community (NORC). Twenty-six percent of the 324 residents interviewed expressed concern about having to move in the next(More)
PURPOSE Although driving by persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an important public health concern, we know little about the attitudes and perceptions of key stakeholders regarding driving safety in these individuals or the factors that precipitate and influence driving assessment and cessation decisions. DESIGN AND METHODS We convened 10 focus(More)
Although the discipline of anthropology has much to contribute to the understanding of the nature and experience of aging, it is a relative latecomer to gerontology. After briefly discussing why this is the case, the authors discuss the contributions of two anthropologists who brought a substantive anthropological voice to gerontological discussion of(More)
Although family members provide the bulk of care given to infirm elderly in the United States (Brody 1990), little is known about the process of socialization to the informal caregiver role. What represents "appropriate" care to a family caregiver, and how does he or she learn to provide it? The "culture of caregiving" that developed among family caregivers(More)
Increasing numbers of individuals are surviving to retirement age in relatively good health. With the loss of the work role and other roles typically associated with middle age, they are faced with the dilemma of the "roleless role," an absence of well-articulated, age-appropriate expectations and standards of behavior by which to structure everyday life.(More)
Open-ended responses of caregiving daughters and daughters-in-law were generated by a modified random probe technique to investigate the construct validity of the two subscales of the Affect Balance Scale (ABS), i.e., the 5-item Positive Affect Scale (PAS) and the 5-item Negative Affect Scale (NAS). A set of criteria were developed to distinguish between(More)
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