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Depression in Old Age Associated With Cognitive Decline, Dementia

Studies show that from 3 to 63 percent of people who suffer from mild cognitive impairment also show signs of depression. Other studies indicate that people who are depressed have a greater risk of developing dementia, though the reasons for this are as yet unknown. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that depression in the elderly rises with illness or the loss of their ability to function by themselves. From 1 to 5 percent of older people who live in community centers suffer from major depression. For those who need home healthcare, the percentage rises to 13.5, and hospital patients’ rate is 11.5 percent.

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