AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Targeting Risk Factors May Prevent Dementia, According to Lancet Commission

Dementia can potentially be prevented by targeting specific risk factors like education in early life, hearing in midlife, and smoking later in life. The commission, of which Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) faculty member Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, was a member, compiled current research and emerging knowledge about dementia to develop an analysis and plan for moving forward in care.

“This comprehensive paper offers a positive outlook for the future of care and prevention of dementia,” says Gitlin, director of the JHSON’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging. “Even though there is not yet a cure for dementia, we know that quality of life can be improved through evidence-based care including helping people living with dementia remain engaged in meaningful activities. We also recognize the potential for reducing dementia risk by changing lifestyle factors including improving access to education, physical activity, and reducing cardiovascular risks earlier in life.”

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