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The longitudinal relationship between depression and walking behavior in older latinos: The "Caminemos!" study

TitleThe longitudinal relationship between depression and walking behavior in older latinos: The "Caminemos!" study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHernandez, R, Prohaska, TR, Wang, P-C, Sarkisian, CA
JournalJournal of Aging and HealthJournal of Aging and Health
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0898-2643<br/>1552-6887
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2013-04605-006
Keywords*Aging, *Health Behavior, *Intervention, *Major Depression, *Walking, Affective Disorders [3211], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Latinos/Latinas, major depression, walking behavior, exercise intervention, physical activity, aging, Latinos, Physical Activity, Specialized Interventions [3350]
AbstractObjectives: This study sought to evaluate the relationship between baseline depression and prospective engagement in walking and exercise behavior after enrollment in an exercise intervention. Methods: The study used baseline, 1-month, 12-month, and 24-month in-person interview and pedometer data collected from Latinos aged >60 years participating in an exercise intervention (Caminemos!) at 27 senior centers (n = 572). Results: After joining an exercise intervention, and when using continuous pedometer data and scores from the Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS) as the outcomes of interest, older adults with baseline depression exhibited comparable levels of physical activity across time when compared to their nondepressed counterparts. Significant difference in physical activity levels between the depressed and nondepressed subgroups no longer existed within one month of initiating the exercise intervention. Discussion: Among sedentary older Latino adults, having depression may not delay exercise initiation nor does it appear to prevent achievement or maintenance of an exercise program. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).