Healing Rides... Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Offering Healing Through Fresh Air and Sunshine

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Healing Rides

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Free Community Service
Healing Rides looks forward to serving the elderly and disabled with an enjoyable bike ride on the Constitution Trail!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
If you would like to volunteer to be a bike pedaler, schedule a ride or be a donor, we would love to have you join us on Healing Rides.
We appreciate your support!

Wheelchair Biking for the Treatment of Depression - Study

It is estimated that the incidence of depression in older adults living in long term care facilities can be as high as 50% (Ellen, 2001; Tueth, 1994) and is the most common mood disorder of late life (Butler & Lewis, 1995). Depression often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated (Devanand et al., 1994; Teresi et al., 2001). Diagnosing depression in this group is often difficult as older persons may exhibit non-specific somatic complaints rather than DSM-IV classified symptoms of depressed mood (Gallo & Rabins, 1999; Waintraub, 1998). Minor depression often becomes a chronic illness in this group but is not a part of normal aging (Lammer & Ham, 1997). Depression may be assocated with side effects of medications or compounded by medical conditions such as a cerebral vascular accident, Parkinson's or heart diseases.

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