Dementia Specialist Willmar MN

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.

St Francis Halfway House
(320) 974-8850
204 3rd St SW
Willmar, MN
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Mental Health Professional

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Crossroads Counseling Centers
(320) 214-8558
201 28th Ave SW
Willmar, MN
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Mental Health Professional

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Allan Heino Valgemae
(320) 231-5100
1550 Highway 71 Ne
Willmar, MN
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Mary Ellen louise Vomacka
(320) 231-9148
1125 6th Street Se
Willmar, MN
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Psychiatry

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Western Plains Assertive Community Treatment
(320) 214-3324
1415 1st St S
Willmar, MN
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Mental Health Professional

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Greater Minnesota Family Services Shelter Care Program
(320) 235-3664
3619 15th Ave SW
Willmar, MN
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Mental Health Professional

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Roy Dewayne Hankins
(320) 231-9148
1125 6th Street Se
Willmar, MN
Specialty
Child Psychiatry

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Steven J. Kuchta
(320) 231-5030
1604 South First Street
Willmar, MN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Indiana State University
Credentialed Since: 1993-09-13

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Francis D Koss
(320) 231-5100
1550 Highway 71 Ne
Willmar, MN
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Psychiatry

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Dorothy Lorraine Anderson
(320) 231-9148
1125 6th Street Se
Willmar, MN
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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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