Social network associated with depressed mood and sarcopenia among older adults in Taiwan

Yu Hung Lin, Der Sheng Han, Yi Hsuan Lee, Ding Cheng Chan, Chia Hsiu Chang, Kuen Cheh Yang, Fong Ching Chang*

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Background: Social isolation is increasing in aging societies; however, its relationship with depressed mood and sarcopenia is not well studied. This study aims to examine the influence of social network on depressed mood and sarcopenia among community-dwelling older adults in Taiwan. Methods: We collected data from a sample of 981 older adults residing in the community. These individuals received government-subsidized preventive healthcare services for adults at a district hospital in Taipei in 2021. The social network of the older adults who participated was assessed using the Lubben Social Network Scale, while depressed mood was assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale. The definition of sarcopenia used in this study was based on the 2019 Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia. Results: According to this study, sarcopenia was present in approximately 15 % of older adults. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that older adults who had poor social network and did not meet the recommended 150 min of regular physical activity per week were more likely to have depressed mood. Additionally, older adults who were older, underweight, did not engage in regular physical activity, and had poor social network were more likely to have sarcopenia. Conclusion: Poor social network was associated with increased risks of depressed mood and sarcopenia among older adults.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Depressed mood
  • Older adult
  • Sarcopenia
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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