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Older women find health benefits through volunteer program
Date:2/26/2009

2008 issue of The Gerontologist. A research team led by Michelle Carlson, PhD, reported similar findings about EC's potential cognitive benefits for participants.

She and her colleagues found that EC volunteers showed greater improvements in memory and executive function than those who did not participate in the program. In fact, the older adults with the lowest baseline performance in these areas those most at risk for health disparities demonstrated the most significant gains.

Both studies highlighted above show that everyday activity interventions (e.g., EC) can appeal to older adults' desires to remain socially engaged and productive in their post-retirement years. Simultaneously, these activities provide measurable physical and cognitive health benefits.


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The Gerontological Society of America
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