Early Stage Dementia Might Be Predicted by Steadily Increasing Depressive Symptoms in Old Age

Early Stage Dementia Might Be Predicted by Steadily Increasing Depressive Symptoms in Old Age
In the first long-term analysis of its kind, researchers report that depressive symptoms that progressively increase in older age might better predict the development of dementia than any other type of depression – and may, in fact, represent an early disease stage. Many studies have linked depressive symptoms with dementia, but failed to take into account that distinct depression courses might represent different underlying mechanisms, with divergent involvement in dementia development. Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands analyzed data from a large population-based study of adults older than 55 years. The study has been ongoing since 1990, and the team identified 3,325 individuals who had symptoms of depressi
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