Modelling psychological and social influences on cognitive health and the development of cognitive impairment in over 65s

Drawing on UK data from CFAS-II and CFAS-Wales, the Bilingualism as a protective factor in Age-related Neurodegenerative Conditions (BANC; n = 288) study and other UK data, the aim is to examine the relationship of activity engagement and social participation on cognitive health taking account of factors that may influence this relationship, such as perceived control, satisfaction with life, living situation, retirement transition, bilingualism or multilingualism, and prior and current mental health. The resulting models will then be tested cross-nationally with comparable Australian data from PATH, DYNOPTA and HILDA. The findings will inform policy both in Australia and UK and provide a more global perspective on psychosocial factors predicting cognitive health in ageing.

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