Rates of Dementia Going Down

Forgetful Senior Man Looking In CupboardThere’s a little bit of good news for people at high risk for certain kinds of dementia.

It may be possible to delay it or even prevent it.

Researchers found falling rates of vascular dementia in people who also happened to improve their heart health.

The story on nbcnews.com cited a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The author, from Boston University, said the study offers some hope that some cases of dementia are preventable or can at least be delayed.

They looked at more than 5,000 people who have been tracked over time as part of the famous Framingham Heart Study. They found there has been a decline in the incidence of dementia of 20 percent per decade since 1977. The decrease in rates for vascular dementia has been 29 percent per decade.

The decline in incidence of Alzheimer’s was not significant, unfortunately.

They said the reason for the decline in vascular and certain other dementias may be linked to increased physical activity, diet, staying engaged in activities and not smoking.

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