The Number Of Americans With Dementia Will Likely Increase
According to a new study published by the University of Michigan Medical School, approximately one-half of older Americans die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical records. That is up from 36% two decades ago.
Using data from 3.5 million Americans over the age of 67 who died between 2004 and 2017, approximately 47% of these patients were being treated for dementia.
Also, 63% of these patients received hospice care, which is consistent with the upward national trend toward increased reliance on hospice providers for end-of-life care.
Unfortunately, the number of Americans with dementia will likely increase because of people living longer combined with a greater prevalence of diabetes and obesity.
What you need to know…
1. Exercise helps prevent dementia and other degenerative neurological diseases
All you need to do is walk every day. You don’t have to be a “gym rat” or workout fiend. Just walk. Statistics show that all you have to do is walk to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
2. Lose weight
Being overweight will reduce your life span and raise the likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Dropping a few pounds will help improve your brain function.
3. Keep using your brain
Your brain is like a muscle. The more you use it, the fitter it will be.
So, whatever you do, please keep using your brain.
You can read a book, take a course at a local college, or tutor kids.
It doesn’t make a difference what you do as long as you keep your brain active.
4. Help future generations by registering for post-mortem brain donation
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