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About one-third of dementia cases could be prevented by actions that begin in childhood, experts say

About one-third of dementia cases could be prevented by actions that begin in childhood, experts say

More than 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be traced to factors — such as inadequate education, obesity, hearing loss and smoking — that simply don’t need to be, according to a new report.

These challenges first present themselves in childhood, and they continue to make their presence felt all the way through one’s senior years. But if all of these problems could be fixed, at least 35% of seniors who lose their independence and their pasts would instead retain their dignity and their memories until they died of something else, the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care has concluded.

This would require doctors,...

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