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Commentary on: Veronese N, Koyanagi A, Dominguez LJ, et al. Multimorbidity increases the risk of dementia: a 15 year follow-up of the SHARE study. Age Ageing 2023;52(4):afad052. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afad052.
Implications for practice and research
Stroke, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes, and osteoporosis are modifiable risk factors for the development of dementia.
People with multimorbidity should be encouraged to have regular cognitive assessments starting in middle age. Meanwhile, healthy lifestyles should be promoted from childhood.
The world population is ageing significantly, with a projected 2 billion people over the age of 65 by 2050.1 A major consequence of population ageing is the increasing prevalence of dementia, which raises significantly after age 65 and is considered a global public health priority by WHO. A further consequence of ageing is the increase in multimorbidity (coexistence of ≥2 chronic conditions), which is particularly …
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