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Exercise Training as an Alternative Treatment for Depression among Older Adults

Kathleen A Moore, PhD, and James A Blumenthal, PhD

The detection and treatment of depression among the elderly is an important clinical and public health concern. In fact, depression is one of the primary health problems currently faced by the elderly. According to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study, depressive symptoms occur in approximately 15% of the elderly population, and rates are even higher for elderly in nursing homes.1 Depressive illness among the elderly is responsible for more hospitalizations than is any other disorder except cardiovascular disease, and leads to decreased functioning, increased morbidity and mortality, increased use of healthcare read more…

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