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Cognitive Impairment Declining in Older Adults
Date:2/20/2008

crease in cognitive impairment between 1993 and 2002 was the result of increased education and personal wealth.

They also noted that the use of cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure drugs, along with other preventive cardiovascular medications and strategies, increased dramatically in the 1990s. This may have helped protect older adults' brain function by decreasing the incidence of vascular dementia -- cognitive problems caused by mini-strokes, strokes and decreased blood flow to the brain due to clogged arteries.

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The American Psychological Association has more about memory changes in older adults.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Feb. 20, 2008


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