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J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2005 Feb;17(2):60-6.

Exercise as a treatment for depression in elders.

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Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. carol.palmer@eku.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the use of exercise when treating depression in elders and to discuss the data supporting the relationship between increased physical activity and decreased depression.

DATA SOURCES:

Extensive review of recent scientific literature, both medical and gerontological in content.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increasing physical activity markedly reduces depressive symptoms and is a safe adjunct or alternative to medication therapy.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

Exercise has numerous physical and psychological benefits to patients. Physical activity should be recommended to all patients of all ages.

PMID:
15715900
DOI:
10.111/j.1041-2972.2005.0012.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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