Dementia 'most prevalent in oldest seniors'

Posted on 10 May 2011

The incidence of dementia and mild cognitive impairment in women increase with age, according to new findings, meaning the oldest people are more likely to find a care home.

Research published in journal Archives of Neurology revealed that the prevalence of dementia, which is two per cent to three per cent in 65 to 75 year olds, increased to 35 per cent in individuals over the age of 85.

In addition, in women over the age of 90 had almost double the rate of dementia than those in the 85 to 89 year old group.

Overall, the frequency of dementia was seen to almost double with every five years of age.

Meanwhile, research published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease unveiled a blood test which could diagnose Alzheimer's disease.

A unique biochemical diagnosis could be used to detect which patients are suffering from the condition, as opposed to the current diagnosis which takes into account just family history, mental assessment and physical examination.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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