Nearly 30% of Europeans over 50 years of age have some form of cognitive impairment | EUGMS

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  • The prevalence of cognitive impairment in Europeans older than 50 was as high as 28.02%. 

Key results

  • The prevalence was 28.02%, 27.89%, and 20.75% for perceived memory, verbal fluency, and numeracy, respectively, in the 16 evaluated nations.
  • Age, years of education, current or former smoking, more than two chronic diseases, diabetes or hyperglycemia, high blood cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke were independent variables associated with perceived memory, verbal fluency,
  • There was an independent association of hypertension and body mass index with perceived memory and verbal fluency; and of female gender with perceived memory and numeracy. 

Study design

  • As described at EUGMS, held in October in Lisbon, Portuguese investigators drew data from participants in wave 4 of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europ...