Dementia Specialist Fargo ND

With the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise—in 2005 a panel of experts suggested cases worldwide would double every 20 years from the roughly 25 million cases then diagnosed—doctors and the general public alike would welcome a way to predict the likelihood of contracting the condition.

Rodney A. Swenson
(701) 297-7588
Neuropsychology Associates
Fargo, ND
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U No Dakota
Credentialed Since: 1987-04-23

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Charlotte A Siemens
(701) 298-4500
2624 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Jon C. Ulven
(701) 234-3100
Sanford Health
Fargo, ND
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 2005-09-07

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Stefanie Ulrike Hanisch
(701) 234-4141
100 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Anne Henry Stoe
(701) 298-4500
2624 9th Ave Sw
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Kenneth J Fischer
(701) 234-4171
100 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Child Psychiatry

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Lawana Marie Burtnett
(701) 476-7200
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Rachel M Fleissner
(701) 476-7800
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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David L Clinkenbeard
(701) 298-4500
2624 9th Ave S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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David L Carlson
(701) 364-3300
1702 University Dr S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Assessing Dementia Risk

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By James Keough

With the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise—in 2005 a panel of experts suggested cases worldwide would double every 20 years from the roughly 25 million cases then diagnosed—doctors and the general public alike would welcome a way to predict the likelihood of contracting the condition.

Recently scientists at the Aging Research Center in Stockholm, Sweden, developed a risk-factor score based on the study of 1,409 subjects whom they had first examined at around 50 years of age and then again roughly 20 years later. They found that high age, blood cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, and low education levels (less than 10 years) significantly predicted future dementia. The risk-factor scores ranged from zero to 15; middle-aged subjects with a score of 12 to 15 faced a 16.4 percent risk of dementia.

While the researchers stress the need for further refinement and validation of their methods, the high level of predictability in the risk-factor score highlights the importance of lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, staying fit, and keeping mentally active in middle age and beyond. With no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s in sight, prevention remains the only available option for achieving a clearheaded old age.

Author: James Keough

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