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This study examined levels of depression and anxiety symptoms (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale scores), and self-reported (Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire), and accelerometer-measured physical activity in older adults with multiple sclerosis (n = 40) compared with age- and sex-matched healthy controls (n = 40). We observed differences in depression, anxiety, and physical activity between groups and further observed that minutes/day of moderate to vigorous physical activity partially accounted for group differences in depression scores. We provide preliminary support for research examining approaches for increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity and possibly reducing depression symptoms in older adults with multiple sclerosis.
Silic and Motl are now with the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
Bollaert (Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6942-7449