Natural Disasters May Raise Dementia Risk For Seniors Forced from Homes

HealthDay (10/25, Preidt) reports, “Earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters may raise dementia risk for seniors forced to leave their homes,” researchers found after examining data on “nearly 3,600 survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” all of whom “were 65 and older.” Investigators found that “the rate of dementia in this group was 4.1 percent before the disaster and 11.5 percent two-and-a-half years after the tsunami.”

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— “Study Links Disasters to Dementia,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, October 25, 2016.

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