Dementia rates falling among UK’s elderly population

News out of the UK provides some hope that the prevalence of dementia is reducing in people aged over 65.

Dementia rates falling among UK’s elderly population: Study

The recently published study found rates of dementia to be 24.1% lower than anticipated, taking historical prevalence rates as the benchmark.

Women still over represented
Sadly the findings still suggests that rates of dementia are higher amongst women. After age 65 women will see rates of dementia of 7.7% compared to 4.9% amonst men.

Care facilities have rates of dementia
While it is not such good news for older people in care facilities, where the rate of dementia was higher, shifting from 56% to 70% of residents.

I know it is early days but it does represent a ray of hope in what is too often a confronting story on our dementia trajectory.

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