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Higher dependency nursing home residents 'more likely to suffer from depression'

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Nursing home staff should communicate with and closely observe residents without cognitive impairment for signs of depression, Norwegian researchers have recommended.

Over 200 people aged 65 to 102 were observed in 30 nursing homes, with their activities being assessed using nurses’ observations.

They found younger residents with more dependence on the activities of daily living were more prone to be depressed, with the odds of depression declining by 36% for each 10-year increase in age.

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