Within the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is set to triple, according to WHO.
About 50 million people have dementia worldwide, with nearly 60% living in low- and middle-income countries, and every year, there are nearly 10 million new cases. Although no treatment currently exists to cure dementia or to alter its progressive course, early diagnosis and optimizing physical health, cognition and well-being can improve the lives of people with this illness.
To mark Word Alzheimer’s Month this September, Healio Psychiatry has compiled recent research and meeting news relating to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that can benefit clinicians and mental health professionals.
New evidence supports inverse association between cancer, Alzheimer’s
Older adults with incident cancer had higher memory function and slower memory decline before and after their diagnosis than similarly aged individuals who remained cancer free, a study published in JAMA Network Open showed. Read more.
WHO: Exercise, smoking cessation, healthy diet reduce dementia risk
WHO has released its first guidelines on reducing the risk for cognitive decline and dementia for health care providers, governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders, according to a press release. Read more.
Dementia incidence increased 117% globally from 1990 to 2016
The incidence of dementia increased by 117% between 1990 and 2016, according to data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016. Read more.
Social contact during midlife appears to lower dementia risk
Study findings published in PLOS Medicine showed that more frequent social contact with friends at age 60 years was linked to lower risk of developing dementia over a 28-year follow-up and higher subsequent cognitive performance over a 15-year follow-up. Read more.
Healthy lifestyle choices may counter genetic risk for dementia
A healthy lifestyle was associated with a lower risk for dementia, even among older adults with a high genetic risk, according to data simultaneously published in JAMA and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Read more.
Frequent sleep medication use tied to long-term dementia risk
Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference revealed that frequent use of sleep medications may increase the long-term risk for dementia, especially among older white adults. Read more.