Seniors' Worsening Depression May Predict Dementia
Study suggests a common underlying cause in some, but not all, cases
In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests. The Dutch study can't prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing.
"More research is needed, but the study raises the possibility of an
overlap between the pathology of dementia and depression," said Dr. Gisele
Wolf-Klein, who reviewed the findings. She directs geriatric education at
Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y.