Is social capital valuable in protecting cognitive function in lower-resource settings such as rural South Africa?

Older man in South Africa sitting in a field

While theories about the connection between strong social supports and better cognitive health among an aging population are well established in higher resource settings (high income, high education levels), less is known about whether this same pattern exists in lower resource settings. Researchers affiliated with Health and Aging in Africa: a Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH community in South Africa (HAALSI) have published findings that suggest that a similar pattern…

Can strong community ties compensate for a lack of more personal relationships as far as your health goes?

Harvard Pop Center-affiliated faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), Ph.D., is an author on a study “The Influence of Social Capital on Individual Health: Is it the Neighbourhood or the Network?” published in Social Indicators Research.