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New Survey: U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages

dementia-2New York, NY, November 24, 2016 — Gina Kolata reports in The New York Times that despite fears that dementia rates were going to explode as the population grows older and fatter, and has more diabetes and high blood pressure, a large nationally representative survey has found the reverse.

Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages.

Kolata reports that previous studies found the same trend but involved much smaller and less diverse populations like the mostly white population of Framingham, Mass., and residents of a few areas in England and Wales.

The new study found that the dementia rate in Americans 65 and older fell by 24 percent over 12 years, to 8.8 percent in 2012 from 11.6 percent in 2000.

In 2000, people received a diagnosis of dementia at an average age of 80.7; in 2012, the average age was 82.4.

An estimated four million to five million Americans develop dementia each year. It remains the most expensive disease in America — a study funded by the National Institute on Aging estimated that in 2010 it cost up to $215 billion a year to care for dementia patients, surpassing heart disease ($102 billion) and cancer ($77 billion).

For Kolata’s full story, click here.