Racial Differences in Nursing Home Quality of Life Among Residents Living With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Journal of Aging and Health | Shippee, T. P., Parikh, R. R., Baker, Z. G., Bucy, T. I., Ng, W., Jarosek, S., Qin, X., Woodhouse, M., Nkimbeng, M., & McCarthy, T.
- Compared to White residents, racially/ethnically minoritized residents reported significantly lower quality of life
- Significant differences remained, even after adjusting for resident- and facility-level characteristics
- Large disparities in food enjoyment, attention from staff, and engagement domains
Alexandra (Alex) VaanBergen is currently a Research Scientist on the National Couples' Health and Time Study (NCHAT) and the Work and Family Life Study (WAFLS), projects led by Claire Kamp Dush. Alex has a Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Science from The Ohio State University. Her research interests are at the intersection of sexual identity, gender, and race, with a particular interest in mental health disparities. Alex uses actor partner interdependence modeling (and other SEM approaches) to investigate risk and protective factors to mental health, including suicide risk.
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The authors gratefully acknowledge support from the University of Minnesota Life Course Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging (P30AG066613), funded through a grant from the National Institute on Aging.