The bad news in our corner of the world, that is, Southeast Asia, the incidence is not declining. Quite the contrary. Besides Alzheimer’s Disease, there too is the issue of Vascular Dementia which may be as common, if not even more common than Alzheimer’s Dementia or AD. Let’s do something about it!
Is the incidence of dementia declining?
We really want this to be true, because it would mean a lot less suffering for our parents’ generation and in our own. It’s personal and as we age the threat of dementia feels closer and closer. Unfortunately, when we hear news about the incidence of dementia declining we need to remind ourselves that researchers are just beginning to examine this issue — right now we don’t really know.
In a study published in the May 8, 2012 issue of Neurology (abstract), researchers explained how they examined two cohorts of aging seniors in the Rotterdam Study. Beginning in 1990 researchers enrolled 10,994 men and women aged 55 and over and began following them up every two to three years, “aiming to investigate the prevalence and incidence of and risk factors for chronic diseases in the elderly.”
The researchers looked at two smaller groups…
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