A Dutch study indicates that worsening symptoms of depression in older adults could be an indicator of the onset of early dementia. The study could not prove a cause and effect relationship between depression and dementia but it raises the possibility of a shared line of pathology in dementia and depression.
Other findings were that having temporary depression even if it is severe does not have a lasting effect on the risk of dementia. According to Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, director of geriatric education at Northwell Health, different courses of depression may reflect different underlying causes, and might be linked to different risks of dementia.
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