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How likely do you think you are to develop dementia?

November 15, 2019

Bottom Line: A poll suggests almost half of adults ages 50 to 64 believe they're likely to develop dementia. The survey included 1,019 respondents who were asked what risk they perceived and what potential risk-reducing measures they took. Of the participants, 48.5% said they were at least somewhat likely to develop dementia during their lifetime. Many participants reported strategies to try to maintain or improve memory that aren't evidence based. Only a few participants (5.2%) had discussed potential ways to reduce dementia risk with their physician.

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Authors: Donovan T. Maust, M.D., M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and coauthors.

(doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.3946)

Editor's Note: The article includes conflict of interest and funding/support disclosures. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.
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Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Donovan T. Maust, M.D., M.S., email Kara Gavin at kegavin@med.umich.edu. The full study is linked to this news release. This study is being released to coincide with presentation at the Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.

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