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New Research: Elderly and Dementia

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Topping medical news, as many as 1 out of every 7 elderly americans have some form of dementia.
The study funded by the National Institutes of Health estimates 3.4 million adults over age 71 have dementia and more than 2-million of them have alzheimer's disease.


Researchers also found the prevalence of dementia increases significantly with age. For example, 5-percent of people in their 70's was found to have dementia. The percentage increased to 37-percent for people in their 90's.


Fewer years of education and a genetic risk factor for alzheimer's were also strong predictors of dementia.

Additional information: the study included nearly 900 elderly adults from 42 states between 2001 and '03.

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