Studies Suggest That Dementia’s Rate Is Decreasing In Some Wealthy Countries

Studies Suggest That Dementia’s Rate Is Decreasing In Some Wealthy Countries
alzheimer's declining in the u.s.A set of recent studies indicate that the rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is decreasing in some of the wealthiest nations around the world -- including the U.S. According to an article by David Green on The Legacy, research conducted in England, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands pointed out that there is a decrease in these countries' dementia cases, and newer studies have extended those observations to more regions. A multi-year study in the U.S. funded by the federal government followed up on new dementia cases involving thousands of people over the age of 60 in five-year periods beginning in 1978, 1989, 1996, and 2006. The results suggest that the dementia rates have been gradually decreasing. Compared to 1978, new cases of the disease turned out to be 22% lower for the 1989 group, 38% lower for the 1996 group, and 44% lower for the 2006 group. Moreover, the average age for dementia diagnoses also rose from 80 years old in the first group to 85 in the last one. Over that time, there seems to have been a decline in heart disease, strokes, smoking, factors related to dementia, as well as a rise in the number of people using medication for blood pressure and receiving a high school diploma -- fac
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