Leicester Independent Memory Clinic
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Hardly a day goes by without new medical knowledge being reported. This section provides you with a selection of interesting news about progress in the understanding and treatment of cognitive disorders and also developments at the Clinic.
A two-decade comparison of prevalence of dementia in individuals aged 65 years and older from three geographical areas ofEngland: results of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study I and II (Matthews et al, The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 17 July 2013 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61570-6)
This three centre study (Nottingham, Newcastle, Cambridge, UK) calculated the prevalence of dementia based on a standardised diagnostic face to face interview conducted with a total of 7796 randomly selected older adults between 2008 and 2011. The methodology of this second stage of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study II (CFAS II) very closely followed that used in the original CFAS study conducted in 1989-1994 allowing a direct comparison of prevalence rates to be made. In the original study the proportion of over-65s having dementia was 8.3% whereas in the more recent study the proportion was 6.5%. The authors conclude that, "Later-born populations have a lower risk of prevalent dementia than those born earlier in the past century." It must be remembered however that although this research indicates a fall in the proportion of older people in the population having dementia in the areas studied, the absolute number of affected people is still rising owing to the larger number of people living into later old age.