Physical activity, mental health and wellbeing among older adults in South and Southeast Asia: A scoping review

Shanti Kadariya, Rupesh Gautam*, Arja R. Aro

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Background. Physical activity is believed to enhance body functions and sense of wellbeing in general population. Objectives. This study aimed to explore physical activity measures; and the association between those measures, and mental wellbeing among older adults in South and Southeast Asia. Methods. A systematic search was made in CINHAL, EMBASE, PubMed, and PsycINFO. Articles published between 2008 and 2018 were selected with participants aged 60 years and above, living at home, community, supported housing, or residential care homes, with no diagnosed/limiting illness. Results. Five observational and four interventional studies on physical activity were analysed. Depression and sleep quality were the commonest outcome variables. Exercise frequency, regularity, and duration were found to positively impact mental wellbeing. Conclusion. Physical activity was generally found protecting against depression and improved sleep quality of older adults from South and Southeast Asia. Future studies should focus on more objective measures of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6752182
JournalBioMed Research International
Volume2019
Number of pages11
ISSN2314-6133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17. Nov 2019

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Physical activity, mental health and wellbeing among older adults in South and Southeast Asia : A scoping review. / Kadariya, Shanti ; Gautam, Rupesh; Aro, Arja R.

In: BioMed Research International, Vol. 2019, 6752182, 17.11.2019.

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