Depressive symptoms in Alzheimer's disease: An examination among community-dwelling Cuban American patients

Dylan G. Harwood, Warren W. Barker, Raymondl Ownby, Marina Bravo, Hilda Aguero, Ranjan Duara

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Abstract

The authors examined the prevalence and clinical correlates of mood disturbance in 96 Cuban American (CA) Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Depression (Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia score ≥ 7) was evident in 39.6% of the participants and showed associations with comorbid psychosis, lower education, and decreased length of residence in the United States, a measure of acculturation. Mood disturbance was not related to age, gender, marital status, cognitive dysfunction, functional impairment, history of significant alcohol use, or coexisting medical conditions. The results of this investigation suggest that signs and symptoms of depression are common neuropsychiatric disturbances in CA AD patients residing in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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