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OU dementia study gives hope to patients

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The World Health Organization releases findings from a new study on dementia and the news is not good.

The number of adults suffering from dementia is expected to triple in the next couple of decades.

Right now 35 million people worldwide suffer from dementia but that number is expected to reach more than 115 million by 2050.

The report attributes part of the spike to the fact people are living longer in lower and middle-income countries.

For those suffering from dementia, performing routine daily tasks like paying bills, operating a microwave or taking medications can be difficult.

Often this loss of self-sufficiency leads to the patients being institutionalized.

But an OU College of Allied Health researcher hopes new research will help those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease keep their independence longer.

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