Early brain development and cognitive aging – a global challenge

Written by Chapko D, Sandu AL, McNeil C, Murray A (University of Aberdeen, UK)

The global dementia epidemic The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47 million and this number is predicted to triple by 2050 [1]. Importantly, nearly 60% of people with dementia live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). There is currently no disease-modifying treatment for diseases that cause dementia, and dementia related care is costly and complex; some of the main challenges associated with dementia include its economic impact on families, caregivers and communities, and the associated stigma and social exclusion [2]. What can be done? Understanding the life-course determinants of resilience to brain aging could...

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