Scared to death: Results from the health, aging, and body composition study

Gretchen A. Brenes, Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Kala M. Mehta, Kristine Yaffe, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Hilsa N. Ayonayon, Caterina Rosano, Susan M. Rubin, Suzanne Satterfield, Brenda W.J.H. Penninx

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Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine if anxiety is associated with mortality and if race moderates and depression mediates this relationship. Method: Participants are 3,015 adults aged 70ĝ€"79 years. Results: Anxiety symptoms were significant predictors of all-cause, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality among blacks but not whites. Depression was not related to mortality. Conclusions: Although the mechanisms that underlie the relationship between anxiety and mortality are unknown, routine assessment of anxiety symptoms in clinical practice, particularly in black older adults, seems prudent. 0001944220070300000012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-265
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mortality
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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