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Depression can foreshadow intellectual decline in older people
Date:10/8/2007

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Not every elderly person who is depressed becomes intellectually impaired, but depression raises the risk of executive dysfunction, Lyness said. We began to see it at the one-year mark and it was clear after two years.

Physicians who treat older patients should be aware of the increased risk of loss of mental functions for depressed patients, the researchers concluded.

The next step is to study whether treatment or prevention of depression can prevent decline in executive function, Lyness said.

In addition to Lyness, the authors of the article include: Xingjia Cui, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., who was a resident in psychiatry at the Medical Center and now works at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Canandaigua; Xin Tu, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics and professor of psychiatry; Deborah A. King, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry, and Eric D. Caine, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry. The article was published in the August issue of the journal. A follow-up discussion of the results will appear in an upcoming issue.


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