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Effectiveness of neurobic exercise program on memory and depression among elderly residing at old age home

Divya Raj, Subramaniam Santhi and G. J. Sara Sapharina



This study finds out the effectiveness of neurobic exercise program on memory and depression among elderly residing in old age homes.


The non-probability purposive sampling technique was used for sample selection. Wechsler's memory scale (WMS-IV) and Geriatric depression scale (GDS) were the instruments used to assess the memory and depression among elderly during the pretest and posttest, respectively and the researcher had developed data sheet to collect information about the background variables using interview technique.


The neurobic exercise program was found to be effective in reducing depression among elderly residing in old age homes. There was a significant difference (p<0.001) in the level of depression had been found during the pretest and posttest in the interventional group. There was a statistically significant difference (p<0.001) found between the study group and in the control group. There was significant correlation (r=0.417, p<0.05) found between the memory and depression during the pretest in the study group among the elderly. A statistically significant association (p<0.05) found in the mean scores of depression and marital status of the elderly during the pretest in the study group and there was a significant association (p<0.01) found in the mean scores of depression and the gender of the elderly during the pretest and posttest in the non interventional group were found.


The findings suggested that neurobic exercise program is an effective intervention in improving memory and reducing depression.

Corresponding author: Professor Dr. Subramaniam Santhi, RN RM, M.Sc. (N), Ph.D, Sri Ramachandra College of Nursing, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER), Porur, Chennai, 600116, India, Mobile: +91 9444278281, E-mail:


I thank the Management of SRIHER, for allowing me to utilize the resources available in the University.

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  3. Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.


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Received: 2019-08-26
Accepted: 2019-11-26
Published Online: 2020-09-17

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