The Courier-Mail

Dementia ‘levels out’


PARIS: The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may have stabilised in some wealthy nations, according to a new British study.

A review of data from Sweden, the Netherland­s, the UK and Spain showed the percentage of the population with dementia holding steady, along with the number of new cases.

But the findings, published in The Lancet Neurology, have been sharply contested.

About 7 per cent of people over 65 suffer from dementia, a percentage that rises to 40 per cent over the age of 85.

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