Half of older Americans fear that they’ll develop dementia — why most of their prevention methods are all wrong

Quentin Fottrell
Half of older Americans fear that they’ll develop dementia — why most of their prevention methods are all wrong

Nearly half (48.5%) of Americans in their 50s and early 60s fear that they’re likely to develop dementia as they age, but only 5.2% of them have actually talked with a doctor about steps they could take to reduce the risk, a study published this month concluded. What’s more, some people turned to crossword puzzles and other similar solutions that have no proven preventative effect. Instead, many engaged in strategies to help their memory that are not evidence based, the authors — who conduct research in psychiatry and internal medicine at the University of Michigan — said.