Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85356
Authors: 
Mazzuco, Stefano
Meggiolaro, Silvia
Ongaro, Fausta
Toffolutti, Veronica
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
HEG Working Paper 13-04
Abstract: 
Family resources may play an important role in the wellbeing of the elderly. In this paper, we examine the association between living arrangements and cognitive decline among people over 65 in nine European countries under the hypothesis that living with others (i.e. spouse or/and children) vis-à-vis living alone may have positive effects on maintaining cognitive functioning. To this end we used data from the first two waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), which provides five indicators of cognitive functions: orientation, memory, recall, verbal fluency, and numeracy. Net of both the potential biases due to the selective attrition and the re-test effects, the evidence shows that the impact of living arrangement on cognitive decline depends on both the country and the type of cognitive examined.
Subjects: 
Living arrangements
cognitive decline
co-residence
re-test effect
JEL: 
J12
J14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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