Older people with sea views may have ‘significantly lower risk of depression’

ESRI study examines separate effects of proximity to coast and sea views with mental health impact

Older people lucky enough to have homes with extensive sea views have a significantly lower risk of depression than the those who are land-locked, new Irish research suggests.

A paper published by researchers at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) found that those living closer to the coast had a lower risk of depression than people who lived farther away.

This was the case even after other factors that might be associated with lower depression risk, such as gender, socio-economic status, use of medication and social engagement, had been taken into account, the institute said.

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