Can elders with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia also have depression at the same time?
And how do you diagnose depression in a person with dementia when the symptoms are often quite similar?
As a consultant for eCareDiary.com, I've written a post to guide care partners through these questions.
Can Seniors with Dementia Suffer From Depression Simultaneously?
Yes, it's very common for a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia to also experience depression. Thirty to 50 percent of people living with dementia also have depression.
When my mother, Judy, lived with the early stages of dementia and moved in with me and my family, she felt very depressed. While grateful at first for our help, she soon retreated to her room and often refused to come out for meals. She had no interest in getting to know the neighbors who invited her to join them for dinner and concerts. While my husband and I and our children were out of the house all day, Mom grew more and more unhappy.
Read more here.