Care Allocation among Adult Children of Older People with Dementia

HwaJung Choi
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School
Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research


Adult children often take on central roles in caring for aging parents-especially when a parent develops dementia. How families allocate care among adult children, how this allocation changes over the course of dementia, and implications for the course of the disease remain largely unexplored. Using nearly 20 years of data from the Health and Retirement Study, the proposed pilot project will explore new measures of care allocation among adult children in families in which a parent has dementia.


  • 1RF1AG083037-01 ‚ÄúDeveloping and Evaluating New Measures of Family Availability to Provide Care to People with Dementia" funded by the National Institute on Aging
  • Choi H, Heisler M, Norton EC, Langa KM, Cho TC, Connell CM. Family Care Availability And Implications For Informal And Formal Care Used By Adults With Dementia In The US. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 Sep;40(9):1359-1367. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00280. PMID: 34495713.
  • Choi, H. Care allocation among adult children of older people with dementia. 4th Annual MiCDA Pilot Project Virtual Symposium. May 18, 2021.