Needs of spouse carers of World War II veterans before and after widowhood (Report 3)
Tooth L, Hockey R, Dobson A, Treloar S & McClintock C. Needs of spouse carers of World War II veterans before and after widowhood. Report prepared for Department of Veterans Affairs, December 2010.
The overall aim of this report was to compare the health and use of health services of women in their 70’s and 80’s who are DVA clients, or wives of DVA clients, with similarly aged women in the general community who have no connections with DVA. The data are from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) which involves a random sample of over 10,000 women born in 1921-26. They were recruited in 1996 and have been followed up every three years since then. The data were used to describe the women’s physical and mental health, and their use of health and aged care services over time in relation to their roles as carers, if or when they are widowed, and their social and economic circumstances.
Report 3 focused on changes in health and use of health services associated with becoming a widow.