Dealing with Depression in Dementia
Neither Depression nor Dementia are normal aspects of ageing. However, Depression and Dementia have some overlapping symptoms.
Memory loss is the most common complaint when older adults experience depression. People with dementia are also at an increased risk of experiencing depression. It can be difficult to tease these diagnoses apart.
How do they influence each other and what can be done in terms of treatment? How do you support both the person with dementia and their carer – who may also be at an increased risk of depression? This presentation examines these questions and provides practical suggestions to improve the quality of life for both the person with dementia and their carer.
Dr Sofia RobledaDr Robleda is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in the treatment of a wide range of clinical presentations having worked with couples, adults, and older adults in hospitals, mental health services, community and residential care, and private practice settings.
She worked as a Behaviour Consultant with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, assisting individuals who experienced dementia and BPSD. Dr Robleda now works in private practice and has an interest in treating couples experiencing relationship distress, and older adults – particularly carers of people with dementia. She has a strong multi-cultural background, and can provide therapy in Spanish.
- Increase understanding of how Depression and Dementia have some overlapping symptoms
- Enhance awareness regarding practical suggestions to improve the quality of life in both the person with dementia and their carer
- Improve knowledge regarding how Depression and Dementia influence each other and what can be done in terms of treatment