Surprising numbers in dementia rates and who’s more at risk of heading to the ER

(WTNH) – A new study Tuesday revealed that it appears dementia rates in the U.S. are improving.

Researchers found that dementia rates in Americans, 65 years and older, fell 24 percent between 2000 and 2012.

Also, the average age in 2000 was nearly 81 years old. It was around 82 in 2012.

The report was published by the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dementia is a general term, describing a decline in mental abilities, serious enough to impact daily life.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia.

Meantime, prescription drug use, sending more people to emergency departments.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that one out of every 250 Americans visited the ER, following a bad drug reaction.

It found that of all the groups, older Americans are more at risk.

About 35 percent of all ER visits in the study were people 65 or older.

That number is up from 26 percent reported in 2005 and 2006.

Tuesday’s CDC study also reporting, that older adults had the highest rate of being hospitalized after an adverse drug reaction.

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