|Title||Dimensions of religious involvement represent positive pathways in cognitive aging.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||Forthcoming|
|Authors||Kraal, Z, Sharifian, N, Zaheed, A, Sol, K, Zahodne, LB|
|Journal||Research on Aging|
Older Black and Hispanic adults report more religious involvement, and religious involvement has been linked to better cognition. This study examined which aspects of religious involvement are associated with better longitudinal episodic memory and whether religious involvement offsets racial and ethnic inequalities in episodic memory. Using Health and Retirement Study data ( = 16,069), latent growth curves estimated independent indirect pathways between race and ethnicity and 6-year memory trajectories through religious attendance, private prayer, and religious belief, controlling for nonreligious social participation, depressive symptoms, chronic health diseases, age, education, and wealth. Negative direct effects of Black race and Hispanic ethnicity on memory were partially offset by positive indirect pathways through more private prayer and religious attendance. While results were significant for memory intercept and not subsequent memory change, religious attendance and private prayer were independently associated with better cognitive health among diverse older adults. Findings may inform culturally relevant intervention development to promote successful aging and reduce older adults' cognitive morbidity.
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|Alternate Journal||Res Aging|