A new US long-term prospective study has suggested individuals with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to develop dementia in their senior years. Among nearly 20,000 participants in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, those in the highest quintile of cardiorespiratory fitness at roughly age 50 were 36% less likely than those in the lowest quintile (adjusted hazard ratio 0.64, 95% CI 0.54 to 0.77) to be diagnosed with dementia after age 65, according to Laura F. DeFina, MD, of the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and colleagues. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Dementia/37184
At Be Independent HomeCare our home care team provide support to a large number of clients with dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of symptoms characterised by the loss of cognitive and social functioning and behavioural changes. It is caused by many different factors of which the most common is Alzheimer’s disease.This accounts for more than 50% of all cases of dementia. In Ireland, it is estimated that some 38,000 people are likely to have dementia. Because our population is ageing, these figures are likely to reach between 80 000 and 100 000 over the next 30 years.