Dementia Specialist Liberty MO

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.

Norcon Family Counseling
(816) 781-2349
17 E Kansas St
Liberty, MO
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Mental Health Professional

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(816) 792-3363
134 Westwoods Dr
Liberty, MO
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Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Kathleen A Mehl Chadwick PhD LPC
(816) 407-9557
103 N Clayview Dr
Liberty, MO
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(816) 468-6336
3100 NE 83rd St
Kansas City, MO
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Mental Health Professional

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Edmond Michael Young
(816) 453-7473
305 Nw Englewood Ct #300
Gladstone, MO
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Psychiatry

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(816) 407-1754
4 Westowne St Ste 403
Liberty, MO
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Mental Health Professional

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(816) 781-8550
1135 W Kansas St
Liberty, MO
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Mental Health Professional

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Grant Piepergerdes
(816) 468-0400
3100 Ne 83rd St
Kansas City, MO
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Psychiatry

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(816) 453-7473
305 Nw Englewood Ct
Kansas City, MO
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Psychiatry

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Giersch & Associates Counslrs
(816) 455-7223
5950 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO
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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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