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Community engagement: an essential component of well-being in older African-American adults

TitleCommunity engagement: an essential component of well-being in older African-American adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTiernan, C, Lysack, C, Neufeld, S, Lichtenberg, PA
JournalInt J Aging Hum DevInt J Aging Hum DevInt J Aging Hum Dev
ISBN Number0091-4150 (Print)<br/>0091-4150 (Linking)
Accession Number24340874
KeywordsAfrican Americans/ psychology, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Aging/ psychology, Family/psychology, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Quality of Life, Registries/statistics & numerical data, Residence Characteristics, Social Support
AbstractActive engagement in life is a critical factor for successful aging. Research indicates that community engagement is strongly associated with health and well-being in late life. However, less is understood regarding the influence of neighborhood conditions on health and well-being, particularly in older African-American adults. The current study describes a convenience sample of older African Americans (N = 501, mean age = 70.7 [range 55-95] years) living in Detroit. The specific goal is to examine the relationships between their perceptions of neighborhood conditions, level of community engagement, and their health and well-being. Survey findings reveal a sample of highly engaged older African Americans in reasonable health who perceive their neighborhoods favorably. Regression analysis results indicate that community engagement is closely associated with both neighborhood perceptions and well-being in this sample. We propose that community engagement or "participation" mediates the relationship between neighborhood conditions and well-being for older African Americans living in Detroit.
Short TitleInternational journal of aging & human developmentInternational journal of aging & human development
Alternate JournalInternational journal of aging & human development
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