Exercise training and depression in older adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

This article provides a review of the evidence supporting exercise as an effective treatment of depression in older adults. Depression is prevalent among older adults and is associated with significant morbidity, increased risk of mortality, and economic burden. Although effective treatments for depression exist (e.g., antidepressant medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy), the disorder remains inadequately treated for many older individuals. Recently, the use of exercise as a treatment for depression has received increased attention. Results of these studies suggest that exercise leads to a reduction in depressive symptoms when compared to wait list, social contact controls, and antidepressant medication. However, many studies have significant methodological limitations. In the present article, we include discussion of these limitations and provide suggestions for future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barbour, KA; Blumenthal, JA

Published Date

  • December 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 Suppl 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 119 - 123

PubMed ID

  • 16223547

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-4580

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2005.09.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States