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Retaining or recovering robustness in very old age: What is the role of social relationships?

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Published in The Closing Chapters of Long Lives. Results from the 10-Year Swilsoo Study on the Oldest Old. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2008, p. 93–102
Abstract This chapter investigates the potential effect of social relationships – composition of social networks and frequency of contacts among family and friendship networks – on whether elders retain or recover their robustness in very old age. Multilevel analyses were used to identify the short-term (12 or 18 months) effects of social relationships on robustness, after controlling for socio-demographic and health-related variables. Our analyses indicated that the existence of siblings had a significant impact on the maintenance or recovery of robustness, which was not the case with the other variables concerning the network composition. Paying visits to the family also had a beneficial effect on this health ourcome. Our results highlighted the importance of family relationships in the lives of the oldest old.
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ARMI CHOLLEY, Franca, GUILLEY, Edith. Retaining or recovering robustness in very old age: What is the role of social relationships?. In: The Closing Chapters of Long Lives. Results from the 10-Year Swilsoo Study on the Oldest Old. New York, USA : Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2008. p. 93–102. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:87310

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