Navigation Links
Exercise proves to be ineffective against care home depression
Date:5/2/2013

Researchers at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London have shown that exercise is not effective in reducing burden of depression among elderly care home residents.

Exercise is a low risk intervention that can improve mental health but the findings of a National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme study, published in The Lancet, conclude that there is a requirement for alternative approaches to reduce the burden of depression in frail, very elderly, care home residents.

The large randomised controlled trial sought to discover whether an intervention that combined a twice-weekly, moderately intensive exercise sessions over the course of a year and promotion of physical activity by care home staff would reduce depression. Over 1,000 residents were recruited from 78 UK care homes. Nearly half of the frail elderly care home residents recruited to the study were suffering from depression. The intervention was well received in the homes, and popular with residents but it had no effect on depression, or residents' general quality of life.

Martin Underwood, Professor of Primary Care Research at Warwick Medical School, who led the research team, said, "We are disappointed that this exercise intervention had no effect on the serious problem of depression with the care home residents."

"We already know that antidepressants are effective for more severely depressed patients, while preventive strategies such as increased social engagement and psychological stimulation are promising but as yet unproven. New approaches are clearly needed to address the major burden of depression in this most needy population."

"I would stress that these results only apply to care home residents and only to depression; there is no doubt that exercise improves fitness and physical health in younger people and in fitter elderly people."

With the number of people needing residential care predicted to continue rising year on year, it is ever more important that residents have access to effective interventions to improve their mental health.

Stephanie Taylor, Professor in Public Health and Primary Care at Queen Mary, added, "While the intervention was unfortunately not effective in reducing the presence of depressive symptoms in this population, with nearly half of the residents in our study showing depressive symptoms we are hopeful that this will spur further research around understanding and improving the lives of older people in care homes."


'/>"/>

Contact: Luke Harrison
luke.harrison@warwick.ac.uk
University of Warwick
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. On Off Plank Bodyweight Core Exercise Revealed in New Video by Bodyweight Torch
2. ATS publishes clinical practice guidelines on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
3. Prisoner Crossover Lunge Bodyweight Exercise Video Revealed by Bodyweight Torch
4. 10 Tips to Avoiding Injuries During Exercise from Medicine in Motion
5. Pike Physical Therapy Offers Fresh Aquatic Exercise Options with New Endless Pool
6. Exercise, Alternative Therapies May Help Lower Blood Pressure
7. Tackling Diet, Exercise Together Produces Best Results: Study
8. Physical Therapy Exercises
9. How “Post Rehab Essentials” Helps People Learn About Post Rehab – V kool
10. Kettlebell World Champ Lorna Kleidman Praises Findings That Kettlebell Exercises Increase Aerobic Capacity
11. Vanderbilt study finds lack of exercise not a factor in health disparities
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/27/2017)... Plano, TX (PRWEB) , ... July 27, 2017 ... ... technology and outsourced services, announces the internal promotion of Elrene Clinkscales to Vice ... Operations – Claims & Remittance Management, reporting to Derek Morkel, chief executive officer ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, ... a stagiaire for the remainder of the 2017 season. One of our best development ... Tour of Utah. , “Every season we are excited to move an athlete from ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... Written By: Ashley D. Beall, ... in drug therapy for patients living with relapsing and primary multiple sclerosis that ... cell targeted therapy that has been proven to significantly reduce signs of disease ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... “We are dentists and we thought there ... Jose, Calif., “so we invented the MAGNETIC/ LOCK BRACKETS.” , The patent-pending MAGNETIC/ LOCK ... In doing so, it offers an effective alternative to traditional braces. As a result, ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... “We are thrilled to be ... for patients to schedule an appointment online in real time,” said Keith English, LocalMed ... Smiles provider directory will bring more Six Month Smiles patients to their providers.” , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/27/2017)...  West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST ... 2017 and updated financial guidance for the full-year 2017. ... Reported net sales of $397.6 million, ... Net sales at constant currency (organic) grew by 3.9%. ... compared to $0.60 in the prior-year quarter. Second-quarter 2017 ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... 26, 2017 The Galien Foundation announced ... USA Award Nominees. Counted among the global ... recognizes outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement that improves the ... qualify, each candidate must be U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... demonstrate tremendous potential to impact human health. Sales data are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: