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Dementia becoming a growing concern for the largest segment of the U.S.

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Dementia is becoming a growing concern for the largest segment of the United States population, baby boomers.

Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are reaching the age where signs of memory loss and dementia begin to show.

According to NBC News, as of 2008, there are 77.3 million Baby Boomers in the United States, making them the largest generation of Americans in history.

For the oldest boomers, 2014 will be when they celebrate their 68th birthday.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder Chief Dr. Bruce Robinson says with time, more and more of them will be diagnosed with dementia.

Dr. Robinson said,¬†“at age 65 one to two out of 100 are affected, at 75 its 4 to 8, at 85 its 16 to 32- about a third of the population.”

Although there is no known cure for dementia, knowing it is coming is giving people a chance to delay the symptoms.

Dr. Robinson said,¬†“healthy diet, regular exercise, and leading a healthy mental lifestyle are all things we believe are things that can prevent the loss of brain tissue with age.”

Doctors say to keep in mind the same things that are good for your heart, are good for your brain.

Keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure under control, as well as taking care of diabetes and sleep apnea, all may help delay the effects of dementia.