Brain Aging and Dementia: Practical Tips From Clinical Research

June 29, 2012

Cognitive decline with increasing age has emerged as one of the greatest health care problems worldwide. It is estimated that 1 in 10 persons older than 65 years and nearly half of those older than 85 have some degree of dementia.

Because age is a major risk factor for the development of Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias, the study of neural mechanisms of brain aging and the application of new technologies in brain imaging represent major advances in our ability to diagnose age-related cognitive and behavioral disorders and to care for individuals with these conditions.