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Americans Are Living Longer Before the Onset of Dementia

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Some good news for aging Americans concerned with developing dementia in their later years – the rates in the U.S. have been on the decline.

A recent Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that the average age of U.S. adults who develop dementia has increased in recent years. This has allowed more Americans to enjoy their golden years before the onset of this disabling mental condition.

The article points out that as the global population has seen an increase in lifespan, it has also seen an increase in cases of dementia. However, recent analysis of the U.S. dementia rates show a decline in dementia rates related to education and improvements in health care and lifestyle.

One study conducted in the U.S. in 2008 was among the first to identify a decline in dementia rates related to these improvements. Follow-up studies in Europe supported that education, income, and lifestyle were related to the declining rates.

Researchers are encouraged by this information and continue to promote the reduction of risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, uncontrolled diabetes, and obesity. The ongoing studies of dementia continue to focus on improving the overall health of Americans so they can avoid developing dementia and many other age-related diseases.

Dementia is one of several age-related mental disorders that can prevent an otherwise healthy person from performing substantial gainful activity. If you or a loved one is unable to work due to dementia or any type of physical or mental impairment, Disability Help Group are here to help. Call today to speak with a claim representative and see how team can help with your disability case – 1-(800)-800-3332.