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Why Are More Younger Adults Developing Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

In late February, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) released a disturbing report describing the growing number of younger American adults diagnosed with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Analyzing the four-year period from 2013-2017, BCBS reported a 200% increase in diagnosed dementia and AD among commercially insured adults from ages 30 to 64. As of 2017, approximately 15% of the insured younger Americans who received one of the two diagnoses were in their thirties or early to mid-forties.  The BCBS results reinforce findings from previous studies. In 2014, UK researchers reported that the number of under-65 individuals developing dementia was “double what was previously thought.” The next year, researchers looking at twenty-year dementia trends in the U.S. and other Western nations reported that dementias were starting “a decade earlier than they used to.”  Read more.....

 

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