Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: the Effect of Physical Activities in Preserving Cognition in Older Age

Christelis, D. and Dobrescu, L. (2013) Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: the Effect of Physical Activities in Preserving Cognition in Older Age. Working Paper. Social Science Research Network.

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Publisher's URL: https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2398688

Abstract

Using micro data from thirteen European countries, we investigate the impact of exercising on cognition in older age. Cognitive abilities are measured through scores on numeracy, fluency and recall tests. We address the endogeneity of physical activities through panel data and instrumental variable methods. We find that only the activities involving moderate effort have a strong statistically significant effect on numeracy, and we see this only for males. Second, moderate activities seem to matter for both males and females when it comes to fluency, but vigorous ones have a strong effect only for women. Third, for females, we only find an effect of moderate physical activities on immediate recall. For males, both types of activities have an impact on short-term memory, while the vigorous activities appear relevant only for delayed recall capacities. Finally, there were no effects of either type of physical activities on delayed memory for women.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords:Cognition, physical activities, ageing, SHARE, panel data.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Christelis, Dr Dimitris
Authors: Christelis, D., and Dobrescu, L.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Publisher:Social Science Research Network
Published Online:21 February 2014

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