Analysis of old people's civic participation | 5/4/2019 | Staff
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Older people's civic participation has been associated with improvement of cognitive function and physical and mental health, among other aspects. This is one of the main conclusions of a study led by Rodrigo Serrat, postdoctoral researcher from the Gerontology Research Group (GIG) at the Faculty of Psychology of the UB, who supervised the research study that analysed this field over 55 years.

UB researchers Feliciano Villar and Camila Gómez, as well as Thomas Scharf from Newcastle University (United Kingdom) participated in the study, which also identified deficiencies in the current research, such as a lack of data coming from outside the United States or studies that consider the diversity of participants. According to the researchers, understanding these variables is essential to design policies to promote participation and to help old people be heard and represented in public fields.

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Organizations such as the NU and the European Commission have prioritized civic participation as a key element for active and healthy aging. "The available evidence shows civic participation has a positive impact on physical and psychological health as well as the quality of life of the participants, so it not only improves the community but the life of those who take part in it. Therefore, participation is in all policies to promote active aging, because we would be in a win-win situation: It would benefit communities and old people," says Rodrigo Serrat.

To understand this phenomenon better, the UB team assessed 429 reports analysing citizen and civic participation. "Collective ways of social participation, in particular volunteering, are the most analysed ones, but other common activities such as helping friends or people from the neighbourhood, going to demonstrations or collecting signatures for a social cause, have not been much analysed," says the researcher.

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In the analysis, researchers looked into scientific articles from around the world, but 54...
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