Impact of volunteering on cognitive decline of the elderly

TitleImpact of volunteering on cognitive decline of the elderly
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGupta, S
JournalThe Journal of the Economics of Ageing
Volume12
Pagination46-60
ISSN Number2212828X
KeywordsCognitive Ability, Engagement, Social Support, Volunteerism
Abstract

Cognitive decline among the elderly imposes a large welfare and health care cost on the individual as well as society. Little however is known about factors that can mitigate cognitive decline. Using seven waves of the Health and Retirement Study and a fixed effects – instrumental variable methodology, this study estimates the effects of volunteering on old age cognitive decline. Although cognitive decline is an inevitable aspect of aging, our results suggest that volunteering participation significantly forestalls its progress among individuals aged 60 years and older.

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DOI10.1016/j.jeoa.2018.01.002
Short TitleThe Journal of the Economics of Ageing
Citation Key9495