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Reducing the Symptoms of Depression among Geriatric Population Using Walking Activity

<p> Depression among the elderly is a significant concern due to the limited evidence-based treatment options and its overall global burden. Walking activity as a form of physical activity serves as an evidence-based intervention in addressing the issue of depression among the elderly. The depression level among elderly patients was examined (n = 17, Mage = 68.71, SD = 3.04) before walking activity using the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) &ndash; 15 questionnaire version. Thirty minutes of a bi-weekly walking activity was implemented for eight weeks followed by the depression level measured using the GDS-15. There were statistically significant differences across the variables before walking activity (Mbefore = 7.71, Sbefore = 1.53) and after walking activity (Mafter = 6.59, Safter = 1.58, P = .00) determined through the utilization of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 24. The finding supports the consistent usage of walking activity in reducing the symptoms of depression consequently decreasing mortality and morbidity rate, reducing healthcare expenditure as well as addressing the overall depression related public health concerns. </p><p>
Date29 December 2018
CreatorsObeng, Gladys K.
PublisherBrandman University
Detected LanguageEnglish

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