Estimates show that up to half of the people with dementia are depressed. Some research shows that depression is a risk factor for dementia, and other studies show that depression may in fact be a complication of the condition.
Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Manchester in the U.K. has found that depression among people with dementia may be more common if they are cared for at home rather than if they reside in a long-term care setting.
About the Study
The researchers studied people in several countries, including England, Germany, France, and Sweden, who have severe dementia. They monitored symptoms of depression and also collected information about quality of life and daily activities like bathing, feeding, and getting dressed.
The results showed that 23% of people with dementia who were living in long-term care settings had symptoms of depression, whereas 37% who were cared for at home were depressed.
Researchers hope that these study results will help spur more support for caregivers of people with dementia. They also hope results will lead to more education about depression so that people can spot symptoms earlier.
Dedicated Memory Care Neighborhood
As you search for the best care setting for your loved one, consider Tallgrass Creek, a continuing care retirement community serving seniors in the Overland Park area. The dedicated memory care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek is designed exclusively for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Specially trained staff members use a holistic assessment and stimulating programming to create individual care plans which help each resident feel independent and empowered. Memory care suites are currently available for immediate reservation, so call for more information today.
Learn More About Memory Care at Tallgrass Creek
Call 913-752-9325 for your free brochure or to schedule a tour of our memory care neighborhood.
Your Tallgrass Creek Medical Provider
Austin T. Welsh, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Welsh received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Welsh is Board Certified in Family Practice with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine; he trained at the Geriatrics Fellowship program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined
Tallgrass Creek in October 2007.
Tallgrass Creek is accepting reservations for nursing care and memory care.
Call 913-752-9325 for more information, or request a brochure.
13800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66223