Physical activity and core depressive symptoms in the older Irish adult population

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme

Researchers: 

  • Psychology
    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Division of Population Health Sciences (Psychology)
    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Professor Hannah McGee, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr Frank Doyle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Region

  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Karen Morgan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Budget

€7,000

Funding source

CARDI - Data Mining

Timeframe

2011

Status

Completed

Last updated

26th September 2013
Rates of depression, and subsequent incidence of suicide, increase with age. An Irish review argued that older people are often sidelined in discussions on suicide and that there is a need for screening and aggressive treatment of depression, which is under-diagnosed in this group. One of the most under-used ways to reduce depression is through physical activity but physical activity levels for older people in Ireland are low.

The objectives of this study are to profile physical activity levels among older people in Ireland, derive measures of core depressive symptoms, examine the prevalence of depression in older adults and assess the relationship with physical activity.

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Read the CARDI research brief here.