Translated title of the contribution: Depressive disorders and dementia in the elderly

G. Bono, P. Merlo, M. Mauri, G. Frazzitta, G. Nappi

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The spectrum of Depressive disorders in the aged is reviewed in the light of the current problems in epidemiology, classification and clinical description. Differential diagnosis is namely considered for the aspects regarding dementia presenting with depressive symptoms as well as depressive illness complicated by cognitive decline. The relevant aspects of senile personality and its contribution to the affective response to internal/external stimuli and events are discussed, together with the different psychiatric symptoms characterizing the main forms of cortical and subcortical dementia. Epidemiological data on healthy aged volunteers are finally reported concerning the affective status and the cognitive performance. The results indicate the high frequency of self-perceived memory dysfunction as a symptom of depressive attitude and the low frequency (about 10%) of demonstrable alterations fitting the criteria for AAMI in this population.

Translated title of the contributionDepressive disorders and dementia in the elderly
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)465-471
Number of pages7
JournalGiornale di Gerontologia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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