Study: Diverse Neighborhoods Support Mental Health for the Elderly

A study published in Health & Place finds that those seeking good mental health well into their golden years should look to diverse neighborhoods rather than gated communities.

"Examining health information on more than 10,000 seniors, plus localized data on home prices, researchers led by Alan Marshall of the University of Manchester found lower levels of depression in older people who live in economically diverse neighborhoods," reports Tom Jacobs.

The benefits appear "most salient" for the poorest people, according to the study, but benefits also appear for "the most affluent." The report also speculates as to why both groups see mental health benefits from diverse living arrangements.

Full Story: The Ongoing Mental Health Benefits of Neighborhood Diversity

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