Unexpectedly, Dementia Incidence Has Stabelized Or Declined

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The incidence of dementia has been expected to substantially rise as the average life expectancy increased in high income countries. Surprisingly, two studies seem to contradict that expectation. One covering Europe shows that the rate of dementia there has stabilized, while the other study shows that the dementia rate in the US has been declining. Researchers have been unable to explain why this has been happening.

Links to articles on these studies, as well as the studies themselves, have been posted in Alzheimer’s > Epidemiology:

The article and research dealing with Europe are:

Dementia levels stabilizing in Western Europe
Dementia in western Europe: epidemiological evidence and implications for policy making

The article and research dealing with the US are:

Dementia rates decline in U.S., researchers unsure why
Incidence of Dementia over Three Decades in the Framingham Heart Study