Thursday, April 26, 2018
Plaza Exhibit (Sheraton Denver Downtown)
This research examines whether racial and ethnic minorities experience less recovery maintenance (i.e., maintaining their recovery status two years later), compared with their white peers. Using Waves 4-12 (1998-2014) of Health and Retirement Study (HRS), this research examines recovery maintenance among a group of older adults who have previously recovered from mobility limitation. To complete this objective, we used two waves to establish recovery. Following establishing the risk group of respondents with recovery, we then assessed their recovery status in the ensuing wave. Outcomes included newly acquired mobility limitation (reference), recovery maintenance, death and attrition. Preliminary analyses used multinomial logistic regression to estimate the odds of recovery maintenance two years later. After adjusting for socioeconomic status, there were no significant differences in recovery maintenance among older white and minority adults. This research provides some additional evidence that the higher rates of recovery among minorities is a form of resiliency.