The Association Between Lifestyle Activities and Late-Life Depressive Symptoms

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Abstract

The association between lifestyle activities and incident depressive symptoms was examined within the Women's Health and Aging Study II. Measures of activity and depressive symptoms were collected on four occasions spanning six years. Discrete-time Cox proportional hazards models were employed to examine the effects of baseline activity on depressive symptoms over time. Overall, activity was not associated with incident depressive symptoms. When specific activity domains were examined, greater participation in creative activities was associated with a reduced risk of depressive symptoms (hazard ratio = 0.92; CI 95% [0.87, 0.98]). Further longitudinal research between diverse activities and incident depressive symptoms is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • activities
  • aging
  • creativity
  • depressive symptoms
  • engagement
  • older adults
  • survival analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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