Health News: Depressed Alzheimer’s Patients Show Faster Functional Decline

Depression symptoms and lower cognitive status are independently associated with a more rapid decline in the ability to handle tasks of everyday living, according to a recent study. The findings suggest that providing mental health treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease might slow the loss of independence, said senior author Yaakov Stern, PhD. “This is the first paper to show that declines in function and cognition are interrelated over time, and that the presence of depression is associated with more rapid functional decline.”