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Researchers have found more reasons to Put on a Happy Face:  A new study found that elderly women with signs of depression were nearly twice as likely to develop dementia and cognitive impairment, according to the hot-off-the-presses American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The short version: Researchers examined 302 women who were at least 85 or older and rated their depression. Five years later, the women were given a bevy of tests. At least 70 percent of women who had been depressed five years previously demonstrated at least mild cognitive impairment, and 65 percent of those women suffered from dementia. Just 37 percent of the women without depression suffered from either malady, researchers found.

Researchers have increasingly found that depression can affect  cognition in adults, but Thursday’s findings, first reported by Medscape, are the first to show a direct correlation among “the oldest of the old.”

Our scintillating write-up of Thursday’s study can be found here.

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