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Older adults who regularly partake in cultural activities such as seeing films, plays and art exhibits are less likely to develop depression, finds a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 British older adults in a longitudinal study of aging. On average, people who attended such events at least once every few months had a 32 percent lower risk of developing depression, and those who did so once a month or more had a 48 percent lower risk, even after adjusting for factors including age, gender, health, income, education and exercise. (Monitor on Psychology)

Visiting art galleries and attending other cultural events can bolster mental health in older adults, suggests a study.

Susie Bean Gives