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      Loneliness and Cognitive Function in Older Adults: Findings From the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey

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          Abstract

          Objectives:

          To examine the relationship between loneliness and cognitive function and to explore the mediating role of physical health on the loneliness–cognition relationship in Chinese older adults (OAs).

          Method:

          Data came from a nationally representative sample of 14,199 Chinese OAs (aged 65+) from 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011 waves of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey. A latent variable cross-lagged panel model combined with mediation analysis was used to determine the relationship between loneliness and cognitive function and the mediating effect of increase in the number of chronic conditions (ΔNCCs) on the ascertained loneliness–cognition relationship.

          Results:

          Severe loneliness at prior assessment points was significantly associated with poorer cognitive function at subsequent assessments, and vice versa. The ΔNCCs partially mediated this prospective reciprocal relationships, accounting for 2.58% of the total effect of loneliness on cognition and 4.44% of the total effect of cognition on loneliness, respectively.

          Discussion:

          Loneliness may predict subsequent cognitive decline, and vice versa. This loneliness–cognition relationship is partially explained by their impact on physical health. Multidisciplinary interventions aimed at reducing loneliness and cognitive decline per se and their associated risk factors as well as improving chronic illness management would be beneficial for emotional well-being and cognitive health in OAs.

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          Journal
          J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
          J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
          geronb
          geronb
          The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
          Oxford University Press (US )
          1079-5014
          1758-5368
          January 2017
          24 March 2016
          : 72
          : 1
          : 120-128
          Affiliations
          1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center , New York.
          2 Department of Psychiatry, Affiliated Mental Health Center, Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, China.
          3 Department of Psychology, Zhejiang University , Hangzhou, China.
          4 Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester Medical Center , New York.
          Author notes
          Correspondence should be addressed to Bao-Liang Zhong, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, 300 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY 14642. E-mail: Baoliang_Zhong@ 123456URMC.Rochester.edu .

          Decision Editor: Deborah Carr, PhD

          Article
          PMC5156491 PMC5156491 5156491
          10.1093/geronb/gbw037
          5156491
          27013536
          b44b1895-e410-4458-84d6-3ce0f5b3f3d5
          © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
          History
          : 20 August 2015
          : 9 March 2016
          Page count
          Pages: 9
          Funding
          Funded by: National Institutes of Health http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000002
          Award ID: D43 TW009101
          Funded by: University of Rochester http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100008091
          Categories
          Original Article

          Chronic condition,Mediation,Loneliness,Cross-lagged panel analysis,Cognitive function,Older adults

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