Depression and dementia in the elderly differ in these key ways 

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When older people suffer from depression, some of the symptoms can resemble those of dementia. Those may include a lack of drive and hope – and when elderly people are depressed, they may also have cognitive impairments, making it harder for them to concentrate or remember things. Sometimes, depression is mistaken for dementia, says Andreas Hagemann, a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy. That has led some to call it pseudodementia, or depression-related cognitive dysfunction. But for those who are depressed, the memory problems manifest themselves differently. They are not usually diso…

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