Depression May Elevate Dementia Risk

A Swedish study found that men and women with depression were much more likely to develop dementia than their peers without depression.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Depression (Mental) Mental Health and Disorders Dementia Source Type: news

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Up to 38% of individuals with advanced dementia experience clinical depression. Although studies demonstrate lower rates of clinical depression as dementia advances, this may be attributed to the difficulty of assessment at this stage. Clinical interviews are thorough in assessing depression, though they are time- and resource-contingent. As such, healthcare providers often turn to screening tools or scales. However, conventional tools for assessing depression have problems with validity in this population.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
I was on KPCC (NPR) in Los Angeles, yesterday, to address the question "Should Patients Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Be Able To Choose Assisted Suicide?" A recent op-ed in the L.A. Times titled, “My friend has dementia and wants to end her life. California’s assisted-suicide law excludes her,” shines a light on the complexities of expanding the state’s law beyond patients with a cancer diagnosis or terminal illness. The law, passed in 2015 and modeled after a 1997 Oregon statute, allows physicians to give lethal drugs to mentally competent adults when they’re faced wi...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
This article covers current research on the relationship between depression and cognitive impairment in older adults. First, it approaches the clinical assessment of late-life depression and comorbid cognitive impairment. Cognitive risk factors for suicide are discussed. Research is then provided on neuropsychological changes associated with depression, discussing subjective cognitive impairment, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia profiles. In addition, literature regarding neuroimaging and biomarker findings in depressed older adults is presented. Finally, therapeutic models for treatment of late-life depression are ...
Source: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: research
We commend Mahmoudi et al1 for investigating the important topic of hearing aids and the association with a lower risk of dementia, depression, and falls. There are few proven interventions to delay dementia. If the association between hearing aids and...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
This letter comments on the letter by Abiola  Aanuoluwa. To the Editor: In our recently published study,1 we used administrative claims data to examine the association between hearing aids (HAs) and dementia among older adults with hearing loss (H...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
Conclusions: Current clinical and communication strategies only partly address the perspectives and needs of the affected. A standardized and ethically reflected procedure of the information provided by professionals before testing and afterwards, during disclosure, seems necessary. Further, longitudinal studies are needed to improve our knowledge about the experiences tested persons and family caregivers have with different levels of stigma. PMID: 32091238 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Ment Health Source Type: research
In conclusion, taller body height at the entry to adulthood, supposed to be a marker of early-life environment, is associated with lower risk of dementia diagnosis later in life. The association persisted when adjusted for educational level and intelligence test scores in young adulthood, suggesting that height is not just acting as an indicator of cognitive reserve. A Comparison of Biological Age Measurement Approaches https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/02/a-comparison-of-biological-age-measurement-approaches/ Researchers here assess the performance of a range of approaches to measuring biological...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Biocybernetics and Biomedical EngineeringAuthor(s): Ashima Khosla, Padmavati Khandnor, Trilok ChandAbstractElectroencephalogram (EEG) measures the neuronal activities in the form of electric currents that are generated due to the synchronized activity by a group of specialized pyramidal cells inside the brain. The study presents a brief comparison of various functional neuroimaging techniques, revealing the excellent neuroimaging capabilities of EEG signals such as high temporal resolution, inexpensiveness, portability and non-invasiveness as compared to the other ...
Source: Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research
Testing for Alzheimer ’s disease and other forms of dementia is hardly foolproof, and could even backfire.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Alzheimer ' s Disease Families and Family Life Memory Elderly Dementia Genetics and Heredity Anxiety and Stress Living Wills and Health Care Proxies Diet and Nutrition Depression (Mental) Frontotemporal Dementia Brain Nursing H Source Type: news
JHM Abstract Microvascular dysfunction (MVD) is a common pathophysiological change in various diseases, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), heart failure, dementia and depression. Recent technical advances enable the measurement and quantification of microvascular changes non-invasively in humans. In this paper, we describe the protocols of the microvascular measurements applied in The Maastricht Study, an ongoing prospective population-based cohort study, which includes a variety of non-invasive measurements in skin, retina, brain, and sublingual tissue as well as plasma and urine biomarker assessments. Foll...
Source: Am J Epidemiol - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: Am J Epidemiol Source Type: research
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