Poster Title (Current Submission)

The effects of social support on cognitive aging

Major(s)

Sociology, Law

Mentor Name

Natalie L. Denburg

Mentor Department

Neuroscience

Presentation Date

3-27-2010

Abstract

We investigated the hypothesis that social support would serve as a protective factor in cognitive aging. Participants were 67 older adults (Mage=69.6+/-7.9 years; Meduc=15.7+/-2.7; 62.7% female; range=52-84 years), who completed a comprehensive neuropsychological battery and a validated social support instrument. Two findings obtained: (1) tangible social support (TAN-SS; e.g., Someone to take you to the doctor if you need it), showed a relationship with cognition, while other aspects of social support did not; (2) TAN-SS was positively associated with executive functioning, including working memory (p<.01) and decision-making (p<.05). No significant associations between TAN-SS and other aspects of cognition were observed.

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The effects of social support on cognitive aging

We investigated the hypothesis that social support would serve as a protective factor in cognitive aging. Participants were 67 older adults (Mage=69.6+/-7.9 years; Meduc=15.7+/-2.7; 62.7% female; range=52-84 years), who completed a comprehensive neuropsychological battery and a validated social support instrument. Two findings obtained: (1) tangible social support (TAN-SS; e.g., Someone to take you to the doctor if you need it), showed a relationship with cognition, while other aspects of social support did not; (2) TAN-SS was positively associated with executive functioning, including working memory (p<.01) and decision-making (p<.05). No significant associations between TAN-SS and other aspects of cognition were observed.