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Rodriguez, F. S., Pabst, A., Luck, T., König, H.-H., Angermeyer, M. C., Witte, A. V., et al. (2018). Social network types in old age and incident dementia. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 31(4), 163-170. doi:10.1177/0891988718781041.

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Rodriguez, Francisca S.1, 2, 3, 4, Author
Pabst, Alexander2, Author
Luck, Tobias2, 5, Author
König, Hans-Helmut6, Author
Angermeyer, Matthias C.7, 8, Author
Witte, A. Veronica9, Author              
Villringer, Arno9, Author              
Riedel-Heller, Steffi G.2, Author
1Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, ou_persistent22              
2Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health (ISAP), University Hospital Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases (LIFE), University of Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Center for Cognitive Science, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, ou_persistent22              
5Department of Economic & Social Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Germany, ou_persistent22              
6Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE), University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, ou_persistent22              
7Center for Public Mental Health, Goesing a. W., Austria, ou_persistent22              
8Department of Public Health, Clinical and Molecular Medicine, University of Cagliari, Italy, ou_persistent22              
9Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              


Free keywords: Dementia; Social networks; Social integration; Risk factors; Longitudinal cohort study
 Abstract: Lack of social support has shown to be a major risk factor for poor health, mortality, and dementia. We analyzed what factors drive the likelihood of having restricted social networks and to what extent those factors then influence the risk of developing dementia. Our results from the Leipzig Longitudinal Study of the Aged (LEILA75+) indicate that older age (odds ratio [OR]: 1.04) and living with other people (OR: 2.12) was associated with a greater likelihood of having a restricted social network. A better cognitive status (OR: 0.84) was associated with a smaller likelihood of having a restricted social network. The risk of developing dementia over the follow-up period was significantly higher among individuals with restricted (hazard ratio: 2.11) than with integrated social networks. Our findings suggest that integrating elderly individuals in the wider community is a crucial indicator for dementia risk.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-06-072018-07-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1177/0891988718781041
PMID: 29879853
Other: Epub 2018
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Project name : Mild cognitive impairment and dementia: Epidemiology, outcome and risk factors / C07
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Funding organization : Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research Leipzig (IZKF)
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Funding organization : LIFE–Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases, University of Leipzig

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Title: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Littleton, MA : Sage Publications, Inc.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 31 (4) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 163 - 170 Identifier: ISSN: 0891-9887
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/110978978553939