Is exercise helpful for women aged 50 and over with mental health problems and what are the barriers to exercise?

Anthea Tinker (Department of Gerontology, King’s College London, London, UK)
Elodie Haines (Department of Gerontology, King’s College London, London, UK)
Laura Molloy (Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London, London, UK)
Imogen Monks (Department of Gerontology, King’s College London, London, UK)
Evelina Russell (Department of Gerontology, King’s College London, London, UK)
Laura Pennells (Department of Gerontology, King’s College London, London, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of exercise on the mental health problems of older women.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on information from academic literature, government publications and publications from other relevant bodies. It is a scoping study and is not a systematic review because of the constraints of the resources.

Findings

There is growing evidence about the value of exercise for the mental health of older women but few evaluated examples of how this can be achieved.

Research limitations/implications

There is a gap in the literature about this topic with few evaluated examples of how more older women can be encouraged to take more exercise.

Practical implications

Policy makers, practitioners and older people themselves would gain from a greater emphasis on exercise as a means of improving quality of life and for reducing healthcare budgets through fewer referrals to services.

Social implications

Greater emphasis on exercise for older women would increase their quality of life through a reduction in mental health problems.

Originality/value

There is limited research which links mental health, exercise and older women, especially regarding the barriers to exercise that older women with diagnosed mental health problems may face.

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Citation

Tinker, A., Haines, E., Molloy, L., Monks, I., Russell, E. and Pennells, L. (2017), "Is exercise helpful for women aged 50 and over with mental health problems and what are the barriers to exercise?", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 93-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-08-2016-0031

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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