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Association between lifestyle factors and mental health measures among community-dwelling older women

K Cassidy, R Kotynia-English, J Acres, L Flicker, NT Lautenschlager, OP Almeida

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 2004

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the association between potentially modifiable lifestyle factors and cognitive abilities/depressive symptoms in community-dwelling women aged 70 years and over. Method: Cross-sectional study of community-dwelling women aged 70 years and over (n = 278; mean age = 74.6 years). Lifestyle variables assessed included smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, nutrition and education. The mental health measures of interest were depression, anxiety, quality of life and cognitive function, as assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), SF-36, and the Cambridge Cognitive Examination for Mental Disorders of the Elderly (CAMCOG), respec..

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