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Dementia Rates Rising
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Dementia Rates Rising

The rate of dementia is increasing among Iranians, said the head of the 24th International Congress of Neurology and Clinical Electrophysiology of Iran. “The surge in incidence is partially due to the increase in life expectancy that has now reached 80 years,” Dr. Babak Zamani told a press briefing for the event slated for May 2-5 at Tehran’s Olympic Hotel, Mehr News Agency reported. An estimated 600,000 Iranians (one in 40 Iranian families) suffer from Alzheimer’s, according to Iran Alzheimer’s Association. The figure is expected to escalate in the coming decades as the baby boom generation (late 1970s and early 1980s) reaches 65 years and above, when the risk of the disease is the greatest.

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