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Brain and Mental Performance

Memory Improving in Older Adults

21 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Sep 26, 2002, 5 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Results of a recent study have revealed that the seniors of today have a better memory than those just five years earlier. Results calculated from a series of memory tests carried out on more than 15,000 adults aged 70 and over showed that while memory problems do increase with age, the percentage of adults with severe memory problems dropped to 4% in 1998, compared with more than 6% in 1993.

Results of a recent study have revealed that the seniors of today have a better memory than those just five years earlier. Results calculated from a series of memory tests carried out on more than 15,000 adults aged 70 and over showed that while memory problems do increase with age, the percentage of adults with severe memory problems dropped to 4% in 1998, compared with more than 6% in 1993. Analysis of results from seniors aged 85 and over revealed that severe memory problems fell from nearly 14% to 8% over the same period. It is estimated that by 2020 one in six Americans will be aged 65 and over.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Journals of Gerontology 2001; 56(B): S100-S111

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