Regular cinema, museum visits can prevent depression

29.01.2019

Cultural activities can also help to prevent depression. According to a recent study of British scientist, regular visits to the cinema, theatre or to museums could dramatically reduce the chances of becoming depressed in older age.

Working with 2148 mature men and women who were free from depression at baseline, physiologies explored associations between frequency of cultural engagement and the risk of developing depression. It turned out that people who attend museum plays or exhibitions every few months have 32% lower risk of developing depression. And there is 48% lower risk for people who do it once a month or more .

It’s well known that regular communications with friends have a beneficial effect on mental health. New research demonstrated the effects of cultural engagement (which combines social interaction, cognitive stimulation and gentle physical activity) on the treatment of depression.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry/article/cultural-engagement-and-incident-depression-in-older-adults-evidence-from-the-english-longitudinal-study-of-ageing/F25368CA79340C430B046A1DDDDC05B6