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Black and Asian patients with dementia seem not to be receiving the same quality of care as white patients

Racial Disparities Noted in Quality of Care for Dementia

Asian patients less likely to be prescribed antidementia drugs; anxiolytics/hypnotic Rxs lower for blacks
No harms come from screening for Alzheimer disease and related dementias in primary care

Primary Care Screening for Dementia Not Harmful

No increases for depressive, anxiety symptoms seen with screening in rural, suburban, urban primary care clinics
A physically and mentally active lifestyle may protect against frontotemporal dementia even in people at established genetic risk

Active Lifestyle May Slow Familial Frontotemporal Dementia

Slower cognitive decline seen even in patients with genetic risk for familial frontotemporal dementia
A cognitive symptom measure identified in discharge summaries can predict the risk for dementia

Cognitive Symptom Score From EHR Predicts Risk for Dementia

Symptom score derived from discharge summaries using natural language processing linked to earlier diagnosis
In women

Midlife Obesity in Women May Increase Risk for Dementia Later

No clear association with later dementia seen for low BMI, low caloric intake, inactivity at baseline
Long-term use of low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk for dementia in women with type 2 diabetes

Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Dementia Risk in Women With Diabetes

However, no effect seen for lowering dementia risk in men with type 2 diabetes
Large variation in blood pressure is associated with an increased long-term risk for dementia

Large BP Variation Tied to Greater Long-Term Risk for Dementia

Dementia risk significantly increased after at least 15 years since measurement of SBP variation
Nearly half of adults aged 50 to 64 years believe they are at least somewhat likely to develop dementia

About Half of Middle-Age Adults Believe They May Develop Dementia

Only 5.2 percent of patients had discussed dementia prevention with their physician
Abdominal obesity is associated with a significantly increased risk for dementia

Higher Waist Circumference Tied to Increased Risk for Dementia

Waist circumference more accurate indicator of abdominal visceral fat level than body mass index
Illiteracy is associated with prevalent and incident dementia

Illiteracy Tied to Dementia in Older Adults With Low Education

But literacy not associated with rate of cognitive decline among seniors with fewer years of schooling