Why Dementia Rates Are Dropping, but the Number of People with Dementia May Rise

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If you are concerned about dementia, a new study has provided some good news. The study found that the percentage of people who are getting dementia is going down. In the last 10 years, the rates have dropped significantly.

The Rates of Dementia Are Going Down

Carol Derby, who is a research professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, believes that at least part of this welcome change is due to improvements made over the years in preventing heart disease. When there is less cardiovascular disease, there are fewer strokes – and fewer strokes mean less dementia.

This is great news. Unfortunately, however, the total number of people who have dementia is likely to rise. Even though the rate of dementia is falling, making it less likely that any particular individual will get the disease, the U.S. population overall is getting older. A large number of baby boomers will be entering the age range where dementia is most likely to occur. As that happens, the total number of people with dementia is expected to rise.

The number of dementia cases worldwide is actually expected to double every 20 years, so the disease will continue to be a major problem for the foreseeable future, unless there are more medical breakthroughs in dementia prevention or treatment. That’s a possibility, because a lot of research is now being done to find out the causes of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In the meantime, the many people with dementia need and deserve an excellent level of care.

Dementia Patients Are at Risk of Being Abused

Nearly half of people who have dementia are mistreated by their caretakers. Unfortunately, if you have a loved one with dementia who is a nursing home resident, you will need to be alert for signs of nursing home abuse.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused, help is available. You should talk to an attorney who has experience in this area. If you are in Southern California, a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney from the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby would be glad to talk to you, listen to your concerns, and tell you about your legal options. Please call us at 1-800-281-8515 for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced and compassionate lawyer.