Rates of depression and the cognitive and memory disease Alzheimer's are both steadily climbing in the US. Now University of Miami researchers have found 25 percent of older adults had symptoms of depression before being diagnosed with any memory disease. More depressed people had a harder time remembering things like where they put their keys or what they did the day before. Likewise their brains had less volume and showed more damage and signs of aging. The researchers urge early treatment for depression as it may help to preserve our memories as we age.
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