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Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, reports that memory problems are associated with depression in older adults. A study of 1,111 older adults with an average age of 71 and no history of stroke found that individuals with the most symptoms of depression had a smaller brain volume and were more likely to have vascular lesions in the brain. Researchers speculate that treatment for depression may contribute to improvements in thinking and memory.

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Depression Is Associated With Memory Problems in Older Adults

Depression in older adults may be linked to memory problems, according to a study recently published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also showed that older people with greater symptoms of depression may have structural differences in the brain compared with people without symptoms.

“Since symptoms of depression can be treated, it may be possible that treatment may also reduce thinking and memory problems,” says study author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, MS, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida. “With as many as 25% of older adults experiencing symptoms of depression, it’s important to better understand the relationship between depression and memory problems.”

The study involved 1,111 people who were all stroke-free with an average age of 71. The majority were Caribbean Hispanic. At the beginning of the study, all had brain scans, a psychological exam, and assessments for memory and thinking skills. Their memory and thinking skills were tested again an average of five years later.

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