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"You've got a friend in me": can social networks mediate the relationship between mood and MCI?

Yates, Jennifer A.; Clare, Linda; Woods, Robert T.

Authors

JEN YATES Jen.Yates@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor in Mental Health

Linda Clare

Robert T. Woods



Abstract

engagement is beneficial to both mental health and cognition, and represents a potentially modifiable factor. Consequently this study explored this association and assessed whether the relationship between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mood problems was mediated by social networks.
Methods: This study includes an analysis of data from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study Wales (CFAS Wales). CFAS Wales Phase 1 data were collected from 2010-2013 by conducting structured interviews with older people aged over 65 years of age living in urban and rural areas of Wales, and included questions that assessed cognitive functioning, mood, and social networks. Regression analyses were used to investigate the associations between individual variables and the mediating role of social networks.
Results: Having richer social networks was beneficial to both mood and cognition. Participants in the MCI category had weaker social networks than participants without cognitive impairment, whereas stronger social networks were associated with a decrease in the odds of experiencing mood problems, suggesting that they may offer a protective effect against anxiety and depression. Regression analyses revealed that social networks are a significant mediator of the relationship between MCI and mood problems.
Conclusions: These findings are important, as mood problems are a risk factor for progression from MCI to dementia, so interventions that increase and strengthen social networks may have beneficial effects on slowing the progression of cognitive decline.

Citation

Yates, J. A., Clare, L., & Woods, R. T. (in press). "You've got a friend in me": can social networks mediate the relationship between mood and MCI?. BMC Geriatrics, 17, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0542-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 13, 2017
Journal BMC Geriatrics
Electronic ISSN 1471-2318
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0542-0
Keywords Mild cognitive impairment, Anxiety, Depression, Social networks, Cognition
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44146
Publisher URL https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-017-0542-0
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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