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Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients

Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients

Caring for a partner or spouse with a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia is associated with a 30% increase in depressive symptoms, compared to older adults who don’t have a spouse with dementia — and these symptoms are sustained over time, a new University of Michigan study found.

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