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    Volunteering and Depression among Older Adults: An Empirical Analysis Based on CLASS 2018

    Zhendong Wu1, Chen Xu2, Liyan Zhang3, Yang Wang4, George W. Leeson5, Gong Chen4,*, Julien S. Baker6, Xiao-Guang Yue7,8

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.3, pp. 403-419, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.024638

    Abstract Introduction:: Older adults are prone to high levels of depression due to their deteriorating physical functions and shrinking social networks after retirement. Volunteering as an important social activity is essential for alleviating depression by building social network. This paper aims to examine the effect of volunteering on depression among older adults by using China Longitudinal Aging Social Survey (CLASS 2018) data.Methods:: This study uses descriptive analysis and chi-square tests to show differences in demographic factors of older adults’ volunteerism participation, followed by bivariate correlation analysis to examine the correlation between the vital variables. Afterward, stratified linear regression analysis is used… More >

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    Risk Factors and Gender Differences for Depression in Chilean Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Analysis from the National Health Survey 2016–2017

    Gabriela Nazar1,2,*, Carlos-María Alcover3, Yeny Concha-Cisternas4,5, Igor Cigarroa5, Ximena Díaz-Martínez6, Mariela Gatica-Saavedra7, Fabián Lanuza8,9, Ana María Leiva-Ordónez10, María Adela Martínez-Sanguinetti11, Miquel Martorell2,12, Fanny Petermann-Rocha13,14, Claudia Troncoso-Pantoja15, Carlos Celis-Morales16

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.5, pp. 679-697, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.020105

    Abstract Depressive disorders are recognized as one of the most common mental health conditions across different age groups. However, the risk factors associated with depression among older people from low-and middle-income countries remains unclear. This study aims to identify socio-demographic, health and psychosocial-related factors associated with depression in Chilean older adults. A cross-sectional study was carried out in a representative sample of 1,765 adults aged ≥60 years participants from the Chilean National Health Survey 2016–2017. Depression was assessed with the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI-SF). Associations between the exposure variables and depression were investigated using Poisson regression analyses. The main findings… More >

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    The Essence of Accommodating Older Adults into the Social Care Sector in Malaysia

    Halimatus Sakdiah Minhat1,2,*, Hazwan Mat Din2, Raja Nurzatul Efah Raja Adnan2

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.23, No.3, pp. 409-416, 2021, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.015526

    Abstract Population ageing puts pressure on the workforce and increase the demands for aged workforce. The demographic shifts have made the issue of healthier workers, especially those of advanced age and physically related job scopes, a fundamental aspect to employing older workers. Hence, this study aimed to explore the best practices to employ older adults into the social care sector. The social care sector was chosen in view of the nature of job and declining demand among younger workers. A qualitative study was conducted involving series of focus group discussions (FGD) with social care workers of long-term care centers in the… More >

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    Leisure Activities, Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Health Perception of Older Korean Adults

    Junhyoung Kim1,*, Kevin K. Byon2, Jaehyun Kim3

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.23, No.2, pp. 155-166, 2021, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.015232

    Abstract The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between types of leisure activities and happiness, life satisfaction, and health perception of older Korean adults during the COVID-19 era. Using snowballing and purposive sampling methods, 123 respondents participated in the study. The results show that participation in outdoor activities and home-based activities served as a strong predictor of happiness, life satisfaction, and health perceptions among older Korean adults. These findings suggest that engaging in outdoor activities and home-based activities is likely to increase the psychological and mental health of older Korean adults during the COVID-19 era. More >

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    Between Chronic Diseases and Geriatric Depression: Mediational Effects of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) Disability Among Older Adults

    Yi Yang1,2,* , Tao Li3

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.4, pp. 249-259, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.014321

    Abstract This study is aimed to explore relations between chronic diseases, activities of daily living (ADLs) disability and depression among older adults, particularly ADLs disability mediational effects on the correlation between chronic diseases and geriatric depression. Records of 5931 participants at age 60 and above from China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) in 2015 were used as valid samples for data relating to their chronic diseases index, ADLs scale and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale. Our findings confirm that among older adults, 75.9% are afflicted with chronic diseases and 52.5% have ADLs difficulty or disability, and that there… More >

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