Men are more likely to experience memory problems

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September 9, 2010

A new study conducted by researchers in Minnesota has found that men are 1.5 times as likely to suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) than women, a condition which can lead to Alzheimer’s, according to The Money Times.

The study surveyed 2,050 participants ranging in ages 70 to 89. The researchers found that 14 percent had MCI and 10 percent had Alzheimer’s. When the results were broken down by gender, 19 percent of men and 14 percent of women were found to be affected.

“Men may experience cognitive decline earlier in life but more gradually, whereas women may transition from normal memory directly to dementia at a later age but more quickly,” Dr Petersen of the Mayo Clinic told the news provider.

Seniors who had never been married or were less-educated also had a higher prevalence of memory impairment. Based on the findings, the researchers suggested that older adults try to stay engaged with friends and family, maintain a healthy diet and try to be physically active.

Caring for those with Alzheimer’s can often be difficult. Caretakers may want to consider using a senior alert system in the patient’s residence, so that he or she is able to immediately alert medical professionals or loved ones in the case of an unexpected injury or medical problem.