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Dementia

11 May 2011

Mental decline in women over 85 common

Mild problems with thinking and memory, as well as full-blown dementia, are common in the "oldest old" women, a new study finds.

Mild problems with thinking and memory, as well as full-blown dementia, are common in the "oldest old" women, a new study finds.

In the study, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, analysed data on nearly 1,300 women averaging just over 88 years of age who were enrolled in the Women Cognitive Impairment Study of Exceptional Aging. Of those women, 231 (17.8%) had been diagnosed with dementia and 301 (about 23%) had been diagnosed with "mild cognitive impairment."

Old women and dementia

 

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