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Depressive symptomatology and cognitive functioning: an epidemiological survey in an elderly community sample in France

  • R. Fuhrer (a1), T. C. Antonucci (a1), M. Gagnon (a1), J.-F. Dartigues (a1), P. Barberger-Gateau (a1) and A. Alperovitch (a1)...

As part of a 5-year, prospective, epidemiological survey of normal and pathological ageing, this cross-sectional analysis examines the relationship between depressive symptomatology (CES-D) and cognitive functioning (MMS) in a community sample of 2792 non-institutionalized persons (age ≥ 65) living in Southwest France. Of the sample, 13·4%, report depressive symptoms above the cut-off. A significant association was found between CES-D and MMS scores, but after adjusting for age, living arrangements, and especially functional limitations, the relationship remained strong only for women.

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1 Address for correspondence: Dr Rebecca Fuhrer, INSERM Unit 169, 16 Avenue P. V. Couturier, 94807 Villejuif Cédex, France.
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