Incidence of Dementia Seen to be Declining

Finally, some good news about dementia.

People born after 1930 have an 18 per cent reduction in their risk of developing dementia compared to those born between 1916 and 1930, after adjusting for age.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine analyzed 971 participants in the Einstein Aging Study who were born between 1916 and 1935.

They suggest that improvement in the management of high blood pressure or diabetes may account for the lower risk in people born after 1935.

If the downward trend in risk continues because of better management of disease and new treatments, the tsunami of dementia that’s been predicted as the population ages may not take place after all.

The results of the study were presented Tuesday afternoon at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015 in Washington, D.C.