of depression in older persons appear to be linked to a higher
risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Lukes Medical Center in Chicago.
said more than 650 members of the Catholic clergy aged 65
years and older who participated in the study had an average
of one depressive symptom at the outset.
course of seven years, 108 participants developed Alzheimers,
with the risk of developing the disease rising by 19 percent
with each new depressive symptom, such as feelings of loneliness
or difficulty sleeping, the researchers reported in the journal
results raise the possibility that depressive symptoms in
older persons may be associated with risk of developing Alzheimer's
disease," the researchers concluded.
of August 18, 2002