Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I knew it: 'Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply'

Yes, we are aging as a population, but NO, we're not going to bankrupt the system. Yes, we are living longer HEALTHIER lives!
Una, hospice volunteer,
provides respite care.
A busy, fulfilled senior

Many of our Meals on Wheels volunteers are in their 70s and 80s.

Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast

By GINA KOLATA

A new study has found that dementia rates among people 65 and older in England and Wales have plummeted by 25 percent over the past two decades, to 6.2 percent from 8.3 percent, the strongest evidence yet of a trend some experts had hoped would materialize.
Another recent study, conducted in Denmark, found that people in their 90s who were given a standard test of mental ability in 2010 scored substantially better than people who reached their 90s a decade earlier. Nearly one-quarter of those assessed in 2010 scored at the highest level, a rate twice that of those tested in 1998. The percentage severely impaired fell to 17 percent from 22 percent.

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