New Research Evaluates Depression Treatment Among Individuals with Dementia and Depression

New Research Evaluates Depression Treatment Among Individuals with Dementia and Depression

Depression among elderly people with dementia has been an issue that has been common. It commonly leads to many behavioral issues that are hard to resolve within their own community. Sometimes it leads to danger even for those who are there to help support them. The study will be the first to study the correlation between dementia and depression among the elderly. They consider depression to be reversible and sometimes misdiagnosed in the elderly for having dementia. The main focus group will be elderly people aged 65 years old and up. Their main information will come from Medicare claims data. They consider that these issues are treatable but not fully curable. If they are able to differentiate between dementia and depression, they will be able to provide appropriate treatment for those who have been having memory issues along with other issues. The study will help doctors to recognize when there is an issue and provide information that will help them to act appropriately under the circumstances. The study began this August and will continue until July 2019. It is essential that this information is provided to stop misdiagnoses and help prevent giving the wrong kind of medication to someone who doesn’t need it. This study will help improve the life of those affected.

Key Points:

  • 1Thus far no study has tackled real world scenarios and the treatment of older individuals with both cognition deficits and signs of depression.
  • 2Bhattacharjee, PhD, UA assistant professor of pharmacy, received a grant of $153,500 from the National institute of Mental Health to conduct the study.
  • 3Though sometimes confused with other mental problems, depression is treatable and reversible, leading to memory improvement.


A high prevalence of depression among older individuals with dementia is prompting researchers at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to investigate depression treatment among this population.
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