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ERIC Number: EJ1005426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0091-4150
Depressive Symptoms Negate the Beneficial Effects of Physical Activity on Mortality Risk
Lee, Pai-Lin
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v76 n2 p165-179 2013
The aim of this study is to: (1) compare the association between various levels of physical activity (PA) and mortality; and (2) examine the potential modifying effect of depressive symptoms on the PA-mortality associations. Previous large scale randomized studies rarely assess the association in conjunction with modifying effects of depressive symptoms. In this study, participants consisted of 624 (mean age = 77.35 years) non-institutionalized elderly from the Americans' Changing Lives Longitudinal Study. Depression was measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies' Depression Scale. Participants in gardening, walking, and sports were first classified into four PA frequency levels, "never," "rarely," "sometimes," and "often." Those who self-reported "often" engaged in activities of gardening and walking and had reduced odds of mortality of 77% and 83%, adjusted odds ratio (OR[subscript adj]) = 0.23 and 0.17, 95%confidence interval (CI) = 0.09-0.59 and 0.07-0.41 when compared to those who reported "never." However, mortality risk was not linked to sports activity. The modifying effects of depressive symptoms on PA (depressive symptoms x PA) were then tested, PA was not associated with increased risk for mortality for gardening (parameter estimates, PE = -0.03 plus or minus 0.62, p = 0.958), and for walking (PE = 0.04 plus or minus 0.57, p = 0.948). Elderly people who engaged in gardening and walking might have protection effects on later risk of mortality. Depressive symptoms showed negative modifying effects that prevent PA predicting later mortality. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale