Elderly Depression and Dementia: Underlying Relationships? (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary

A systematic review examines the relationship(s) between depression and dementia in old age, exploring multiple possible explanations:

  1. Depressive symptoms may be a risk factor for dementia.
  2. Depressive symptoms may be a prodromal symptom of dementia.
  3. Depressive symptoms may be simply coincidental in dementia, connected only by common underlying risk factors.

“It seems unlikely that there is no connection at all”.

Uncertainties remain.

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Reference

Wiels, W. Baeken, C. [and] Engelborghs, S. (2020). Depressive symptoms in the elderly-an early symptom of dementia? A systematic review. Frontiers in Pharmacology. February 7th 2020; Vol.11: 34.

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