Social networks, social integration, and social engagement determine cognitive decline in community-dwelling Spanish older adults.

  title={Social networks, social integration, and social engagement determine cognitive decline in community-dwelling Spanish older adults.},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Victoria Zunzunegui and Beatriz Eugenia Alvarado and Teodoro del Ser and Angel Otero},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={58 2},
OBJECTIVES To examine the influence of social networks and social engagement on cognitive decline in a population-based cohort of elderly people, and to assess gender differences in the effect of social relations on cognition. METHODS A longitudinal study of community-dwelling people over 65 was carried out. Cognitive function (orientation and memory) in 1997 and cognitive decline (absent, mild, and severe) over 4 years (1993-1997) were assessed using an instrument previously validated for… CONTINUE READING

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