Art Attendance and Change in Cognitive Function Among US Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults

Conducted by Darina Petrovsky, Bei Wu, PISC Senior Scholar Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, and XinQi Dong, this study examined the effect of cognitively stimulating leisure activities on cognitive decline in older adults. After running mixed-effects regression models on baseline art activity attendance and change in cognitive function for 2,703 older US Chinese adults, the study found that individuals who attended both museums and musical arts experienced a slower rate of change in episodic memory and executive function. While such results point to the importance of attending arts-based culture events among US Chinese older adults, they also hold greater potential for future studies in preventing cognitive decline.

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