Depression And Dementia May Be Related, Study Suggests

Depression And Dementia May Be Related, Study Suggests
depression and dementiaA team of researchers who conducted an eight-year study of elderly people believe they have found a relationship between depression and dementia that suggests that treating the first can reduce a part of the effects of the second. The study, published in the journal Neurology, indicates that older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, even though the authors can’t assess the exact cause-effect path between both and still cannot conclude if depression induces dementia or dementia causes people to become depressed. According to an article by Dennis Thompson for the HealthDay Reporter, Robert Wilson, the lead author of the study and senior neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, explained that depression is a risk factor for dementia that should be taken “seriously” and that its treatment “can reduce the risk of dementia in older people.” During the trial, every year, 1,700 people with an average age of 77 and with no thinking or memory problems at the beginning of the study were monitored for depression symptoms and went through memory and thinking tests. From the total number of participants, ab
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