The Health of Parental Caregivers in Ghana
Latrica E. Best, University of Louisville
The proportion of people over the age of 60 is increasing in Ghana, creating a population that must contend with a burgeoning older group while still addressing the concerns of its population who suffers from infectious diseases. Using Wave 1 of the 2007/2008 WHO SAGE data for Ghana, this paper attempts to assess the current caregiving and health circumstances of those who provide care to parents or parents-in-law. The study examines whether those who are providing a considerable amount of care vary in their perceptions of caregiving. The study also evaluates the differences in the prevalence of poor health, as defined by self-reports of hypertension and measured blood pressure. Finally, the study assesses whether perceptions of the caregiving experience account for health differences. Preliminary findings suggest that a growing number of caregivers, particularly in rural areas, are experiencing physical and mental issues related to caring for their parents or parents-in-law.