A surprising and mysterious trend has arisen in recent years that may help point us toward a cure for dementia: Rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. are actually dropping. Indeed, your risk may be lower than that of your parents or grandparents. The percent of Americans age 65-plus with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, fell 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, a 2022 Rand Corp. study found. “I think what it means is that a diagnosis of dementia is not cast in iron,” says Albert Hofman, M.D., chair.

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