Art Attendance and Change in Cognitive Function Among U.S. Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults

Darina V. Petrovsky, Bei Wu, Nancy A. Hodgson, Xin Qi Dong

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Abstract

Engaging in leisure activities that are cognitively simulating and enjoyable may be protective against cognitive decline in older adults; yet, few studies have examined this topic. We used two waves of data from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly and ran mixed-effects regression models to examine the relationship between baseline art activity attendance (including attending museum, musical arts, or both) and change in cognitive function (global, episodic memory, working memory, and executive function) among 2,703 older U.S. Chinese adults. We found that compared with older adults who did not attend any art activities, those who reported attending both art activities experienced a slower rate of change in episodic memory (estimate = −0.07; SE = 0.03; p =.01) and executive function (estimate = −0.06; SE =.03; p =.04). Our study findings point to the importance of attending art-based culture events among U.S. Chinese older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • art
  • Chinese
  • cognition
  • music
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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