Link between dementia and depression 'cemented'

The link between dementia and depression has been "cemented" after a new study has been published.

It was reported recently that researchers at the American Academy of Neurology found that having depression may nearly double the risk of developing dementia later in life.

Commenting on the study, Dr Anne Corbett from the Alzheimer's Society said: "This study in particular is really cementing the link between depression and dementia, but we don't know yet why that might be, so that's what research now needs to answer."

She noted that dementia risk can be reduced with regular exercise, adding that depression affects a person's lifestyle such as diet and activities, which could provide a link.

This week marks Dementia Awareness Week (July 4th -10th), which could encourage some people who are at risk of developing the illness to consider filing a lasting power of attorney to protect their assets once they become unable to manage their legal affairs themselves.

Posted by Morag Lyall

Published on: July 8, 2010

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