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Lisa L. Barnes, Kathleen A. Cagney & CIarlos F. Mendes de Leon

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 36: Social Resources and Cognitive function in Older Persons

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Social Resources and Cognitive function in Older Persons
Social resources and cognitive function in older persons

The potential importance of social integration in accounting for individual differences in the physical and mental health outcomes of older adults has received increased attention in the past 20 years. Various constructs have been developed to characterize the social resources that emanate from a person's integration into his or her broader social environment. These resources and their impact on health can be categorized into three major research areas: (1) social networks, (2) social engagement or activity, and (3) social support. The term social networks refers to the matrix of social relationships to which individuals are tied (Fischer, 1982; Peek & Lin, 1999). Social engagement is designated by participation in socially ...

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