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Natural History of Social Participation in the Very Old: Findings from the Newcastle 85+ Study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Duncan, Dr Louise Robinson


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© The Author(s) 2020.Objective: To describe the natural history of social participation in people aged 85 years and over. Methods: Prospective cohort study; Newcastle 85+ study. Data were collected at baseline (n = 850) and at 18-, 36- and 60-month follow-ups (n = 344). Participation in 19 social activities (e.g. playing bingo, doing volunteer work and watching television) was measured at each time point. Results: The mean number of activities reported at baseline was 8.7 (SD 2.6). The number of activities was higher in those with higher educational attainment and intact walking ability (both p <.001). Social participation decreased significantly over time (p <.001) and at a similar rate in both sexes and for those with/without limited walking ability but at a higher rate in those with higher than lower educational attainment (p =.019). Discussion: Social participation seems to decrease significantly between ages 85 and 90 years; ways of encouraging social participation in this age group are needed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rantakokko M, Duncan R, Robinson L, Wilkie R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Aging and Health

Year: 2020

Pages: epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 04/08/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2020

ISSN (print): 0898-2643

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6887

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0898264320944672


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