Earlier Dementia Onset

Scientists are studying earlier onset of dementia and the contributing factors. They find that people are developing dementia a decade earlier than they were 20 years ago with people in their late 40s being diagnosed. This study was published in the Surgical Neurology International Journal; the London Times published the findings on August 6th. Early-onset dementia used to cover people developing the disease in their late 60s; now it is much younger with a significant rise in those aged 55 to 74. The increase in death rate from dementia-related diseases suggests something other than aging must be the cause. Colin Pritchard of Bournemouth University blames the interaction between chemicals and pollution. He states, “The environmental changes in the last 20 years have seen increases in the human environment of petrochemicals  – air transport, quadrupling of motor vehicles, insecticides and rises in background electro-magnetic field, and so on.” Not all experts agree. Dr. Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK reported that, “We can’t conclude that modern life is causing these conditions at a younger age. We know that Alzheimer’s and other dementias can have a complex interplay of risk factors.” Meanwhile, neurological death rates are soaring. The United States has rates rising fivefold for women and triple for men over the age of 75. Dementias accounted for 60% of increased deaths while 40% were caused by other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease. Read additional information at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/people-are-developing-dementia-earlier-and-dying-of-it-more-a-study-shows/2015/08/06/599b16b8-3c0a-11e5-8e98-115a3cf7d7ae_story.html