Depression and exercise in elderly men and women: findings from the Swedish national study on aging and care.

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Magnus Lindwall, Mikael Rennemark, Anders Halling, Johan Berglund, P Hassmén
Title: Depression and exercise in elderly men and women: findings from the Swedish national study on aging and care.
Journal: Journal of aging and physical activity
Year: 2007
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pagination: 41-55
ISSN: 1063-8652
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/hal/
Language: English
Abstract: This study investigated the relationship between light and strenuous exercise and depression, as well as gender differences in this relationship, in a representative sample of 860 elderly Swedish suburb-dwelling men and women in age cohorts from 60 to 96 years, drawn from among participants in the Swedish National Aging and Care study. The relationship between depression and self-reported changes in exercise status over time was also examined. Exercise activities were measured with four survey questions, and depression, with the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale. The inactive elderly had higher depression scores than more active individuals, both in terms of light and strenuous exercise. The continuously active group had lower depression scores than both continuously inactive individuals and individuals reporting a shift from activity to inactivity during the preceding year. Light exercise had a somewhat stronger effect on depression for women.
Subject: Medical Sciences
Public Health\General
Psychology\General
Note: PMID: 17387228 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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