What is it about?

Black older adults are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to white older adults, but the exact causes of this disparity are still unclear. Recent studies have shown that social engagement is linked to better cognitive function. However, most research has been conducted within majority white samples. This paper shows that black older adults participate in fewer social activities compared to whites and greater social activity participation was linked to better memory among white, but not black older adults.

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Why is it important?

Identifying and increasing access to culturally relevant social activities and reducing barriers to participation for black older adults may help to address racial disparities in cognitive aging.

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This page is a summary of: Social engagement and its links to cognition differ across non-Hispanic Black and White older adults., Neuropsychology, July 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/neu0000844.
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