there anything new on the horizon to help diagnose dementia in time to maybe do
something to slow its progression?
That is an excellent
question and one that others are asking, as well. Estimates are that in America
one in ten individuals over the age of 65 are living with dementia. At the projected
rate of increase, soon close to six million Americans will be living with this
debilitating disease. Touted as the sixth leading cause of death in the US,
there are still no drug treatments available to improve cognitive function in
people who already have dementia. There
are studies to support the idea that subtle changes can precede dementia. If
these could be picked up earlier and more reliably, some progress might be able
to be made. More tomorrow.