Depression is the strongest independent risk factor for poor social engagement among Chinese elderly veteran assisted-living residents.

@article{Tsai2009DepressionIT,
  title={Depression is the strongest independent risk factor for poor social engagement among Chinese elderly veteran assisted-living residents.},
  author={Chia-Fen Tsai and W C Ouyang and Liang-Kung Chen and Chung-Fu Lan and Shinn-Jang Hwang and Cheng-Hung Yang and Tung-Ping Su},
  journal={Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA},
  year={2009},
  volume={72 9},
  pages={478-83}
}
BACKGROUND Social engagement prolongs the lifespan and preserves cognition in the elderly. However, most studies concerning social engagement have been conducted in Western countries; few have been performed in the Chinese population. This study attempted to identify the risk factors for poor social engagement among elderly veterans in Taiwan. METHODS A total of 597 male veterans were enrolled, with a mean age of 80.8 +/- 5.0 years. This cross-sectional study employed the Resident Assessment… CONTINUE READING

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