Preventable Factors Lead To About One-Third Of Dementia Cases
Addressing them early could help as baby boomers age and the country braces for a tsunami patients with dementia.
Los Angeles Times:
About One-Third Of Dementia Cases Could Be Prevented By Actions That Begin In Childhood, Experts Say
More than 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be traced to factors — such as inadequate education, obesity, hearing loss and smoking — that simply don’t need to be, according to a new report. These challenges first present themselves in childhood, and they continue to make their presence felt all the way through one’s senior years. (Healy, 7/20)
Eating Better And Getting More Exercise Could Stave Off Dementia, Study Suggests
Up to 35 percent of dementia cases could be prevented if people ate better and got regular exercise in mid-life and didn't smoke or cut themselves off from others later in life. ...Interventions could include ensuring children are motivated to stay in school and taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, says Dr. Lon Schneider, director of the USC California Alzheimer's Disease Center and one of the authors of the report. (Plevin, 7/20)
Previous California Healthline coverage: These Preventive Measures Might Help Delay Dementia Or Cognitive Decline