TitleInvestigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCerino, ES, Leszczynski, J
JournalPSI Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Depression is one of the most prevalent diseases among older adults (Montesó et al., 2012). Limited research has been conducted investigating relationships between subjective age, cognitive and physical activity, and depressive symptoms in older adults. We hypothesized negative relationships between youthful subjective age and depressive symptoms, activity level and depressive symptoms, and more hours a week of cognitive activity than physical activity. The sample consisted of 62 older adults (60 years of age and older; 15 men, 47 women) from a Northeastern senior center. We found that more cognitive activity took place than physical activity and we also found correlations of small to medium effect sizes between depressive symptoms and general subjective age and the subjective age Feel subscale. A positive relationship with a small effect size was found between total activity and the subjective age Interests subscale. Interactions of medium to large effect sizes between sex and mild depression occurred for general subjective age, F(3) = 3.10, p = .03, subjective age Interests subscale, F(3) = 3.03, p = .04, and cognitive activity, F(3) = 2.78, p = .049. Baby boomers entering older adulthood should be encouraged to take advantage of community senior centers and be aware of their desired subjective ages.