This mixed-methods study investigated depression, anxiety, and stress rates, measured by the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale–21 (DASS-21), and exercise practices in a national sample of Senior Games Athletes (N = 383). Results demonstrated significantly lower DASS-21 scores for Senior Games Athletes compared with nonclinical normative data and no strong relationships between DASS-21 scores and demographic variables, exercise practices, and comorbidity. Senior Games Athletes reported high exercise volume and notably low comorbidity rates. Qualitative analysis of written responses revealed that participants related a healthy lifestyle with practicing healthy behaviors, experiencing optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, living life to the fullest, and social engagement.
Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, The University of Iowa, Iowa City (Dr Bardhoshi); and Departments of Physical Therapy (Dr Jordre), Physician Assistant Studies (Dr Schweinle), and Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education (Dr Shervey), University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
Correspondence: Gerta Bardhoshi, NCC, LPC, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, The University of Iowa, 352 Lindquist Center North, Iowa City, IA 52242 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.