An ageing population makes it increasingly important to understand from a public health perspective who is most likely to suffer from dementia.
The Einstein Ageing Study recently published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders has offered some new insights into the demographics of the disease. The study of nearly 2,000 people aged 70 or older investigated the prevalence and incidence of a range of conditions linked to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.
Not surprisingly, the study found that rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increased with age but were not affected by sex, affecting men and women in equal numbers.
Education and race were also not significant risk factors in these disease areas.
However, rates of amnestic mild cognitive impairment did increase significantly in men and in black populations.