The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission.

Identifying depression in someone with Alzheimer’s can be difficult, since dementia can cause some of the same symptoms. Examples of symptoms common to both depression and dementia include:

  • Apathy.
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Isolation.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Impaired thinking.

As a caregiver, if you see signs of depression, discuss them with the primary doctor of the person with dementia.