Midlife Stressors Boost Dementia Risk

CHICAGO — The more stressors experienced in midlife, such as money problems and job pressure, the higher the risk for subsequent dementia, new research shows.

“These findings suggest that problems related to sparse resources may impact brain health over the long term and may contribute to inequalities in dementia risk,” said author Paola Gilsanz, ScD, staff scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

The study was presented here at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018.

Midlife Stress a Major Culprit

Dementia rates differ by race and ethnicity, Gilsanz told meeting delegates. African Americans have the highest rates, while Asian Americans have the lowest.

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