PhD student Joanne Elayoubi, MA and colleagues from the School of Aging Studies' recent publication “How Social Connection and Engagement Relate to Functional Limitations and Depressive Symptoms Outcomes After Stroke” was published in the journal Stroke, a medical journal with an impact factor of 10.17. This research study was the only psychosocial article published in this issue of the journal.
Results of this 14-year longitudinal study using a population-based sample indicate social connection and engagement may reduce the negative impact of stroke on stroke survivors’ depressive symptoms and daily functioning, both just after stroke and over subsequent years. Efforts to enhance social engagement and diminish loneliness may both enhance the population well-being and increase resilience and recovery from stroke and other illnesses.
You can read the paper here.