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.