Functional declines, social support, and mental health in the elderly: does living in a state supportive of home and community-based services make a difference?

@article{Muramatsu2010FunctionalDS,
  title={Functional declines, social support, and mental health in the elderly: does living in a state supportive of home and community-based services make a difference?},
  author={Naoko Muramatsu and Hongjun Yin and Donald Hedeker},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={70 7},
  pages={1050-8}
}
This study examines how acute and chronic stresses associated with functional declines in seniors and their spouses are moderated by their informal and formal support contexts. In the United States, states vary greatly in their support for home and community-based services (HCBS) for seniors with disabilities. This state-to-state variation allowed us to examine mental health effects of living in a society supportive of HCBS for the oldest old, who are at high risk for low or declining functions… CONTINUE READING
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