WorldHealth.net - "Is Dementia Declining Among Older Americans?"
Here's some good news for America's seniors: The rates of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows. The analysis of nearly 1,400 men and women 70 and older found that the number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those born before 1920 to just 3 among those born after 1929 "This is not unexpected," said Sam Gandy, MD, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital. "Similar trends have been documented in Europe."Dr. Gandy, who was not involved with the study, believes that much of the decline in the rate of dementia is the result of declining rates of stroke."As cardiovascular health has improved, stroke incidence has fallen," he said.
- Samuel Gandy, MD, PhD, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai