December 9, 2016 – Dementia rates show signs of falling
A study suggests the proportion of elderly people developing dementia is falling in the US – backing up similar findings in the UK and Europe.
Data from 21,057 people over the age of 65 in the US showed the proportion with dementia fell from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012.
The findings were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
There is a suggestion that higher levels of education are protecting the brain from the disease.
One expert said the results were “incredibly important for the world”.
Similar studies in Europe, published in the Lancet Neurology last year, suggested dementia rates had fallen in the UK and among Spanish men and had stabilized in other European countries.