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Letters Dementia and depression

New psychosocial interventions are needed in early dementia

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5991
  1. Jana Hummel, general practitioner and geriatrician1,
  2. Cecilia Weisbrod, psychotherapist1,
  3. Ulrike Mueller-Wilmsen, geriatrician2,
  4. Peter Oster, professor in geriatrics1,
  5. Daniel Kopf, assistant professor in geriatrics and gerontopsychiatry3
  1. 1Geriatric Centre Agaplesion Bethanien, 69126 Heidelberg, Germany
  2. 2Casana Ambulatory Geriatric Rehabilitation, 68163 Mannheim, Germany
  3. 3Geriatric Clinic Marien, 22087 Hamburg, Germany
  1. jhummel{at}

The significant positive effect of Waldorff and colleagues’ study on depressive symptoms is important,1 because depression is common in early dementia and worsens the outcome.2

Waldorff and colleagues’ intervention combines caregiver support, psychosocial and biographical aspects, validation, and empowerment …

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