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Thu, 03 Jul, 2014 12:06:28 AM
FTimes-STT Report, July 3
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Healthcare alone is not enough for the wellbeing of the elderly living at home. Without meaningful activity, their ability to function decreases. 
The conclusion comes from a research done by the University of Jyväskylä and its partners. The study examined elderly people’s active participation with the help of volunteers.
Once a week, the volunteers took the elderly people to take part in some activities.
More than half of the elderly people showed signs of depression at the beginning of the study. The signs decreased after three months of active participation.
Elderly people are increasingly spending more time at home. According to the researchers, they need support for their mental wellbeing.
The researchers also proposed that the municipalities should incorporate volunteering activities in elderly care, for instance, through cooperation with organisations.
One hundred and twenty-one elderly people and 47 volunteers took part in the research.
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