Study Shows Home-Based Caregivers Can Help Stave Off Dementia

Seniors aged 60 and older who partake in long hours of sedentary behaviors have a higher risk of developing dementia. That’s according to a new study from University of Southern California and University of Arizona researchers.

About 6.5 million people in the U.S., age 65 and older, are living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2022. This is a number that is estimated to reach 12.7 million by 2050, according to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with others including vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and more.

The study utilizes self-reported data from the U.K. Biobank, a biomedical database that encompasses over 500,000 participants across the United Kingdom. The study examines if there’s a connection between dementia and sedentary activities. It took into account the questionnaire responses of more than 145,000 participants.

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