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Loneliness, Social Isolation and Coognitive Decline in Europe

Cognitive functioning is essential for successful ageing and living a self-determined life in old age. We investigate if an increase in loneliness and social isolation results in cognitive decline and how these relationships vary across different cultural and social settings. Data come from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and cover 16 European countries from 2011 to 2017. Preliminary results show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with cognitive decline. Loneliness, social isolation and cognition all show substantial cross-national variation, which is also reflected in the loneliness-cognition link. 

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Dr. Melanie Wagner