Journal article

Air pollution is associated with depressive symptoms in elderly women with cognitive impairment

Hicran Altug, Kateryna B Fuks, Anke Huels, Anne-Kathrin Mayer, Rachel Tham, Jean Krutmann, Tamara Schikowski



BACKGROUND: Studies on air pollution and depression in the elderly are limited and the results are heterogeneous. OBJECTIVES: We examined the association of ambient air pollution exposure and diagnosis and symptoms of depression in the elderly; and whether any associations were confounded or modified by cognitive decline. METHODS: We enrolled 821 elderly women from the German SALIA cohort (follow-up examination, 2007-2010). Self-reported depressive symptoms and level of cognition were evaluated using the CESD-R Scale and the CERAD-Plus test, respectively. We used two depression endpoints for analyses: self-reported doctor diagnosis of depression and frequency of depressive symptoms (CESD-R s..

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Awarded by German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV)

Awarded by Leibniz Association Healthy Aging

Funding Acknowledgements

The SALIA follow-up study 2008 was funded by the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) Grant No: 617.0-FP266. The current analysis was funded by the Leibniz Association Healthy Aging project Grant No: SAS-2016-FLI-LFV.