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Easier access to outdoors lifts mood in older people

Making it easier for older people to go outdoors could positively affect depressive symptoms, research suggests.
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Making it easier for older people to go outdoors could positively affect depressive symptoms, research suggests.

Interventions that increase access to outdoor spaces could positively affect depressive symptoms in older people, research suggests.

Researchers at Warwick Manufacturing Group and Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick examined the relationship between the design of care homes and depressive symptoms of older people living in such homes.

Around 40% of residents living in care homes in the UK have significant depressive symptoms.

In a prospective cohort study the physical environment of 50 care homes was measured using the Sheffield Care Environment Assessment Matrix and depressive symptoms of 510 residents were measured using the Geriatric Depression Scale.

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The study, published in the journal Gerontologist, was supplemented with

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