publication . Article . Other literature type . 2003

Social capital and successful aging: the role of senior housing.

Cannuscio, Carolyn;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Sep 2003 Journal: Annals of Internal Medicine, volume 139, page 395 (issn: 0003-4819, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American College of Physicians
Social capital is defined as the resources available to individuals and groups through social connections and social relations with others. Access to social capital enables older citizens to maintain productive, independent, and fulfilling lives. As the U.S. population ages, accompanied by a rise in the prevalence of seniors living alone, the availability of social capital within communities will become an important ingredient of successful aging. Recent evidence suggests that many traditional forms of social capital in communities-as represented by civic engagement in local associations and by the extent of voluntarism and social trust-are on the decline. If th...
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