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Why are so many people are getting dementia & alzheimer's now?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
3 doctors agree
In brief: People live longer
By far, the largest risk factor for alzheimers is age.
Roughly 1 out of 100 of those aged 65 have it, 1 out of 20 of those aged 70 have it, 1 out of 10 aged 75 have it, 1 out 5 aged 80 have it and nearly half of those older than 85 have it. This is exponential growth by age, so as life expectancy has lengthened, there has been a rapid rise in those with the illness.

In brief: People live longer
By far, the largest risk factor for alzheimers is age.
Roughly 1 out of 100 of those aged 65 have it, 1 out of 20 of those aged 70 have it, 1 out of 10 aged 75 have it, 1 out 5 aged 80 have it and nearly half of those older than 85 have it. This is exponential growth by age, so as life expectancy has lengthened, there has been a rapid rise in those with the illness.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Awareness
It is not fully understood why there is so much now.
In part is because awareness of diagnosis or recognition of the disease is earlier then before. The real cause of alzheimer's is not known but there are entities called prions that cause mad cow or jacobs dementia. Alzheimer's has clear cut changes in the brain (neurofibrillary tangles, senile plaques, neuronal loss, deficit in acetylcholine.

In brief: Awareness
It is not fully understood why there is so much now.
In part is because awareness of diagnosis or recognition of the disease is earlier then before. The real cause of alzheimer's is not known but there are entities called prions that cause mad cow or jacobs dementia. Alzheimer's has clear cut changes in the brain (neurofibrillary tangles, senile plaques, neuronal loss, deficit in acetylcholine.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
More aware & index of suspicion higher & more frequently diagnosed.

In brief: No
More aware & index of suspicion higher & more frequently diagnosed.
Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
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