Dementia Specialist West Linn OR

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.

Northwest Behavioral Healthcare
(503) 722-4470
18000 Webster Rd
Gladstone, OR
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Dungarvin Oregon Inc
(503) 632-8551
21991 S Foothills Ave
Oregon City, OR
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Elizabeth J Kaskan
(503) 655-8401
998 Library Ct
Oregon City, OR
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Marcia Hays
(503) 655-8401
998 Library Ct
Oregon City, OR
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Eric Goranson
(503) 635-1604
16001 Quarry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Help Eliminate Learning Problems Inc
(503) 635-3389
17600 Pacific Hwy
Lake Oswego, OR
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Judith Pullan, PhD
(503) 977-0400
1 Centerpointe Dr Ste 110
Lake Oswego, OR

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David W. Katz
(503) 803-1390
Business Office
Lake Oswego, OR
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Adelphi University
Credentialed Since: 1989-03-06

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Donald W Matsunaga
(503) 655-8401
998 Library Ct
Oregon City, OR
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Cheryn Lee Grant
(503) 296-6661
4550 Kruse Way
Lake Oswego, OR
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child 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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