Mental health

Mental health

Mental health is a major contributor to quality of life in the elderly. Dementia due to cognitive decline and depression are among the most important health problems in ageing societies. We investigated the relation of diet, lifestyle and traditional CVD risk factors of depression, cognitive decline and dementia in the Seven Countries Study and its affiliated studies.

Some associations are common knowledge, such as the association between a low level of optimism and depression. Others are less well established, such as the relationship between living alone and cognitive decline.

Explore the associations between personal characteristics and mental health by visiting the links below.

List of findings on mental health

Cognitive decline
Depression / optimism
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Studies in the elderly

The Zutphen Elderly, HALE and FINE studies researched the indicators of healthy ageing.

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