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Can Being Neighbourly Reduce Depression in Older Adults?

In a Health & Social Care in the Community study of 10,105 older adults in China examined in 2011, 2013, and 2015, living in neighbourhoods with a higher level of neighbourhood social participation was related to lower rates of depression.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:01 am EDT
"We highlight the importance of social participation—both at the individual and neighbourhood levels—in improving older people’s mental health and discuss ways in which the government could encourage older people to participate in neighbourhood affairs in China"

In a Health & Social Care in the Community study of 10,105 older adults in China examined in 2011, 2013, and 2015, living in neighbourhoods with a higher level of neighbourhood social participation was related to lower rates of depression.

Higher level of neighbourhood social participation is related to more time spent on physical activities and a higher frequency of contact with neighbours and with own children.

“We highlight the importance of social participation—both at the individual and neighbourhood levels—in improving older people’s mental health and discuss ways in which the government could encourage older people to participate in neighbourhood affairs in China,” said corresponding author Zhixin Feng, PhD, of the University of Southampton, in the UK.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.12859

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Health and Social Care in the Community is an international peer-reviewed journal with a multidisciplinary audience including social workers, health care professionals with a community or public health focus e.g. public health practitioners, GP’s, Community Nurses and Social Care researchers and educators.

The Journal promotes critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of health and social care. Original papers are sought that reflect the broad range of policy, practice and theoretical issues underpinning the provision of care in the community.

Health and Social Care in the Community publishes systematic and narrative reviews, policy analysis and empirical qualitative or quantitative papers including papers that focus on professional or patient education.

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