Dementia Rates Drop In US

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 8:00am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2016, 8:36am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Dementia Rates Decline due to More Education
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  • Dementia Risk Declines especially among people with more education
 

It is being said that dementia rates may be dropping due to the education factor.

The number of senior citizens in America which have dementia is dropping. This is good news and the reason behind it is the education levels which have increased among the population.

This decline in dementia is showing up in spite of the fact that the three main factors responsible for it have risen. These are diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. All three interfere with blood flow to the brain. 

Those who were highly educated were the least likely to have dementia. This follows a larger trend which is that today’s seniors are getting educated beyond the normal routine levels.

They often opt for higher education and adult education. This leads to their brains being more active and in a healthier state than the brains of others who are not as fortunate in life’s sweepstakes.

The largest generation in all of the USA are now entering in their senior years when dementia commonly strikes. Yet the miracle of slower growth of dementia is there for all to see.

These statistics may help policy makers and other planners of society to predict with more accuracy the future incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The decline in dementia risk is a very real fact. It is not just something cooked up out of the soup of statistics. It has hard and solid reality to back it up.

Thus the fear of physicians regarding the future bulge in dementia has been shown to be unfounded. Thanks to education, such is not the case. It is rather like snatching victory over disease from the jaws of defeat.

This freedom from dementia may lead to an economic revival where greater amounts of people will be able to continue their jobs into senescence instead of retiring early.  

Trends from 2000 to 2012 were noted down. The sample contained people who were 65 years of age and over and the total number was 21,000. 11.6% of the people were having dementia.

In 2012 however, only 8.8% were prone to the disease among the sample population. Throughout this time period, the average number of years a senior citizen gained adult education increased by a year’s span.

Thus thanks to the miracle of education lives are being saved. People are living healthier lives. These improvements in education will continue well into the future. This is a good sign that ought to be welcomed.

The findings of this research got published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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