It’s widely recognised that those living with dementia are more prone to depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression in the UK affects around 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.
While one in five people in the UK experience depression at some point, Alzheimer’s Society says that depression is more common among those living with dementia. It estimates that 20-40 per cent of those with dementia may have depression.
Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, who are conducting clinical trials into groundbreaking drugs to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, are keen to raise awareness of how living with dementia can affect mental health.
A person with dementia may feel depressed due to: