Approximately 6.5 million Americans over 65 have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million.

In 2020, 180,000 North Carolinians were living with the disease. By 2025, this number is expected to increase by 16.7%.

A prognosis prediction model may help clinicians accurately predict death among older adults with dementia.

Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the tool, which measures age, sex, body mass index (BMI), and physical fitness, may help clinicians better frame discussions about treatment and end-of-life decisions with patients.

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