Link:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/11/21/502872563/dementia-risk-declines-and-education-may-be-one-reason-why

By Ina Jaffe

November 21, 2016

 

 

Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer's disease and other

forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these

conditions is declining. That's according to a study published Monday in

JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers say one reason for the improved outlook

is an increase in education.

 

The study used data gathered in two snapshots, one in 2000 and another in

2012, that each looked at more than 10,000 Americans who were at least 65

years old. In the first snapshot, 11.6 percent of them had some form of

dementia. In the second snapshot, it was 8.8 percent.