Older Adults who Engage in Social Activities less likely to Become Depressed

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One of the leading psychiatric disorders in older adults is depression. Unfortunately, now that more and more people are living longer than ever before, the problem with depression among the elderly has become a significant public health issue.

A recent study has shown that psychosocial interventions are quite effective in keeping the symptoms of depression at bay for individuals who are 65 or older. Engaging older individuals in a variety of social activities also helps improve their overall mental health.

Interestingly, the researchers also found that other types of interventions, such as support groups, physical exercise, or skill training did not have a significant impact on preventing symptoms of depression in older adults.

The study involved a systematic review and meta-analysis of data prior to October of 2009. The research was part of the European DataPrev project, which evaluates evidence-based programs that help prevent psychiatric disorders and promote mental health.

To learn more about DataPrev, go to: http://dataprevproject.net/

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