Wiemers to study challenges of caring for aging parents amid pandemic
Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public administration
and international affairs, will serve as principal investigator for a two-year,
federally funded study of the challenges to those caring for aging parents amid
the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $161,485 to
Syracuse University for the project, which also includes researchers at Bowling
Green State University.
Wiemers serves as a faculty associate at the Aging Studies
Institute and as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Aging and Policy
Studies. Representing Bowling Green as principal investigator is I-Fen Lin,
professor of sociology and research affiliate of the National Center for Family
and Marriage Research.
The study will assess changes in health, access to health
care and economic well-being that older Americans experience during the
pandemic. It will also explore how their adult children responded with help in
the form of time, money and co-residence and whether the response of adult
children differed across socioeconomic and racial-ethnic groups.
“This project uses an innovative combination of micro-level
survey data, including the geographic location of respondents and their
children, and macro-level data on the severity and timing of the spread of the
virus across geographic areas,” says Wiemers. “That allows for a deeper
examination of where families lived geographically and whether how close they
lived to one another weakened or strengthened their ability to provide help to
older adults when needs arose.”
By, Jessica Youngman, 10/11/21