Depression risk spikes when residents become more frail, study finds

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Worldwide depression rates increased 18% over the decade ending in 2015, according to WHO.
Worldwide depression rates increased 18% over the decade ending in 2015, according to WHO.

Increased frailty nearly doubles the likelihood of depression in a resident, a new study finds. The trend holds regardless of the resident's initial impairment level.

The four-year study looked at nearly 900 older people in Italy over the course of more than four years. They found that that pre-frailty did not predict the onset of depression. In addition, improvement in frailty status was not associated with the risk of incident depression.

According to recent World Health Organization figures, more than 300 million people around the globe were living with depression in 2015 — an 18% increase over the previous decade.

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