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One in Seven Americans Age 71 and Older Has Some Type of Dementia, NIH-Funded Study Estimates.

A new analysis suggests that about 3.4 million Americans age 71 and older -- one in seven people in that age group -- have dementia, and 2.4 million of them have Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the latest in a series of analyses attempting to assess the prevalence of dementia and AD, the most common form of dementia. Published online this week in "Neuroepidemiology", the study is the first to estimate rates of dementia and AD using a nationally representative sample of older adults across the United States.

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