“The prevention of depression along with stimulating general healthy behaviours and lifestyles, reduction of cardiovascular burden, and other mental health-related problems should be considered in public-health policies aiming at the prevention and/or delaying of the presentation of dementia syndromes in the older adult population,” wrote Butters and colleagues. Furthermore, they concluded, new clinical trials should look into the potential effects of preventing depression on the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults.
For more in Psychiatric News about depression in elderly individuals, click here. To read additional research on depression in the elderly, see the American Journal of Psychiatry here.
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