Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hope on Dementia Research Shows the Disease's Rates Declining

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hope on Dementia Research Shows the Disease's Rates Declining

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Recent research has concluded that, even though the number of people with dementia is increasing as baby boomers age, the prevalence of the affliction is declining.

A study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine provided the strongest evidence yet that better education is helping people live longer before falling victim to the disease. It evaluated 5,025 people age 60 and older four times beginning in 1977, and it found a steady decline of about 20 percent in new cases each decade. That decline occurred only in people with a high school education or more. It also found that the average age of onset, which was 80 in the 1970s, now is 85.

Another large-scale study conducted by a professor of internal medicine from the University of Michigan found, according to The New York Times, that the rate of dementia declined by about 21 percent from 2000 to 2010; other researchers have reported similar findings. …

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