The recent findings come from a study of nearly 2,000 residents of Olmsted County, Minn., who ranged in age from 70 to 89. Rosebud Roberts of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and her colleagues followed the participants beginning in the fall of 2004, collecting new data every 12 to 15 months.Overall, 74 percent of the participants had normal mental function; about 16 percent had MCI; and 10 percent had full-on dementia.
"This was an unexpected finding," Roberts said during a press briefing, referring to the difference between men and women.The finding remained the same regardless of a man's education or marital status."These findings are in contrast to studies which have found more women than men, or an equal proportion, have dementia, and suggest there's a delayed progression to dementia in men," Roberts said.Men are more likely than women to have problems with memory and other thinking skills, symptoms considered to be an early stage of dementia, research suggests.The new study, to be presented at an annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Chicago this week, expands the field of research on aging and memory into a touchy arena — cognitive differences among men and women.
Forgetfulness linked with aging, or just a frenzied day, is normal.
Say, you misplace your car keys or wallet, or you can't remember where you parked the car.
Red flags should pop up when you start forgetting things you normally remember, and on a routine basis, such as weekly appointments, doctors say.
These are signs of so-called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can lead to dementia.
People with mild cognitive impairment are three to four times more likely than others to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Considered the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's is a neurological disorder that affects your ability to think, speak, reason, remember and move.