Caregiver Depression Tied to More ER Visits for Dementia Patients

July 9, 2019

(Reuters) – Dementia patients may go to the emergency room more often when their caregivers are depressed, a recent study suggests. Researchers observed 663 dementia patients and their family caregivers – typically spouses, domestic partners or other relatives – for six months. At the start of the study, 84 caregivers, or almost 13%, had depression. Caregiver depression was associated with a 73% increase in emergency room use among dementia patients, researchers report in JAMA Neurology.