Memory loss and thinking problems are becoming less common among older Americans, according to a new national survey of seniors aged 70 and older. Though preliminary, the findings correlate with other studies showing that overall, seniors today tend to be more physically fit and suffer from less disability than earlier generations. Still, with the population as a whole growing older, millions of Americans will continue to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders in the coming years, making Alzheimer’s a top priority for this and future generations.
he researchers, from the University of Michigan Health Center, found than over a 10-year period, from 1993 to 2002, the prevalence of mental impairment in seniors went down by 3.5 percentage points — from 12.2 percent to 8.7 percent, in a sample of some 11,000 people. The difference represents hundreds of thousands of people.
seniors with more formal education and personal wealth were less likely to have cognitive problems