Depression is a worldwide disease that affects more than 5% of adults over 60 years of age.
Symptoms appear almost every day for at least 2 weeks and include:
Depending on the symptoms and their severity, as well as the impact they have on a person, a depressive episode can be categorized as mild, moderate or severe.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a syndrome that progressively leads to a decline in cognitive function. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.
It develops differently in each individual depending on the already underlying diseases as well as the existing cognitive function of the individual.
There is also dementia at a young age (with symptoms before the age of 65) up to 9% of cases.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.