16 Oct Exercise helps seniors deal with depression
About 6.5 million seniors struggle with signs of depression, but 10 percent receive any kind of treatment. Left undiagnosed, their suicide rates remain seven times higher than other age groups.
The good news: When depression is diagnosed, exercise could prove life-saving. Viewing exercise as medicine to not only manage but also to prevent depressive mood disorder may become an alternative way to promote wellness.
Current studies show prescribed anti-depressants often don’t perform any better than placebos, yet popping pills has risen 400 percent in the last 20 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.