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|Title:||Continued work employment and volunteerism and mental well-being of older adults: Singapore longitudinal ageing studies|
|Authors:||Schwingel, A. |
|Citation:||Schwingel, A., Niti, M.M., Tang, C., Ng, T.P. (2009). Continued work employment and volunteerism and mental well-being of older adults: Singapore longitudinal ageing studies. Age and Ageing 38 (5) : 531-537. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afp089|
|Abstract:||Objective: to examine the effect of late life engagement in continued work involvement or volunteer activities during retirement on mental well-being. Methods: two waves of data from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies were analyzed for 2,716 Singaporeans aged 55 or above at baseline and 1,754 at 2-year follow-up. Trained research nurses interviewed participants (non-volunteering retiree, volunteering retiree, and working seniors) on mental health status (geriatric depression scale, Mini Mental State Examination, positive mental wellbeing and life satisfaction). Results: about 88% of seniors were retired (78% non-volunteering, 10% volunteering) and 12% were still working in paid employment or business. At baseline and 2 year follow up, and regardless of physical health status, volunteering retirees and working seniors gave significantly better MMSE cognitive performance scores, fewer depressive symptoms, and better mental well-being and life satisfaction than non-volunteering retirees. Conclusion: the results of this study suggest that continued work involvement or volunteerism provides opportunities for social interaction and engagement and may be associated with enhanced mental well-being. Future research should clarify which specific aspects of volunteerism are related to long-term mental well-being. © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.|
|Source Title:||Age and Ageing|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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