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Dementia levels in Europe 'stabilising', study finds


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Dementia levels in Europe 'stabilising', study finds


 

Date: 21/08/2015

The number of patients with dementia across parts of Europe seems to have stabilised, indicating that fears of a tidal wave of new cases of the disease could be unfounded.

Researchers at Cambridge University comparing data decades apart has found that the proportion of UK citizens aged over 65 with dementia in 2011 was actually one-fifth lower than predicted.

Forecasts in 1991 estimated that 8% of pensioners would have dementia in 2011, but the figure was actually around 6%, which suggests its prevalence is levelling off.

Elsewhere in Europe, data from Spain showed a significant decline in dementia prevalence in men aged 65 and older (about 43%) between 1987 and 1996, while studies in Sweden and the Netherlands show that the age-specific incidence of dementia is falling in these regions.

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Source: PharmaTimes

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