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Dementia and Depression: What’s the Relationship?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Depression and dementia often coexist in older adults. So far it is not clear which come first, that is whether depression is a risk factor for dementia or an early symptom. A new study suggests that it depends on when the depression strikes and what kind of dementia one is talking about. Depression that occurs for the first time in late life may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, while recurrent depression in middle and late life may increase the risks of vascular dementia. Continue reading

What is the Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Everybody has heard about Alzheimer’s disease. Some people think that dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, whereas others think that dementia and Alzheimer’s are two different things. In fact, there are several types of dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common. Dementia is a general term used to describe a condition in which brain cells are gradually destroyed, leading to a progressive decline in mental function. Continue reading