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Study finds dementia rates falling steadily

A long-running study has found that dementia rates fell steadily over the past four decades, most likely due to declining rates of heart disease. Although the Framingham Heart Study involved just 5,200 people, its findings likely reflect a national trend, said co-author Sudha Seshadri, a professor of neurology at the Boston University …

Second childhood | The Economist

As populations get older, more people will suffer from dementia. But the relationship is not straightforward FOR MOST OF the 1980s, foreigners looked to Japan as the country of the future. In one respect it still is: it has the highest proportion of elderly people of any large country, a …

Is It Really Dementia? – NYTimes.com

Maybe it’s something else. That’s what you tell yourself, isn’t it, when an older person begins to lose her memory, repeat herself, see things that aren’t there, lose her way on streets she’s traveled for decades? Maybe it’s not dementia. And sometimes, thankfully, it is indeed some other problem, something …

When They Don’t Know They Are Ill – NYTimes.com

Soon after his wife was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, Bill Floyd consulted a neurologist who had been a member of his church. People with this illness don’t know they have it, the doctor warned. They don’t understand that anything is wrong. This little-known yet common consequence of this kind of …