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

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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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petrovsky, DV; Wu, B; Hodgson, NA; Dong, X

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1047 - 1056

PubMed ID

  • 34047198

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8627533

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-4648

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/07334648211017339


  • eng