Dementia is a major concern for most of us with PD (and for most who are aging regardless of whether they have PD). With last week's power outage, I wasn't able to give this the full research effort it deserves. So I'll have more to report on this next week.
But for now, here's what my preliminary research shows on the issue of the prevalence of dementia among those diagnosed with PD:
- Most estimates are that perhaps as many as 50% of those diagnosed with PD show some signs of cognitive impairment.
- And as many as 20 to 40% may have more severe impairment or dementia.
But I want to take a closer look at this. And I also want to research the important topic of actions we can take to prevent or delay the onset of dementia, regardless of whether it's due to aging or Parkinson's.
Stay tuned.. Back next week.