12/04/2014 09:09 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2014

6 Ways To Fend Off Forgetfulness As You Age

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Few things are scarier than the prospect of losing your mind as you grow older, which is why a 2012 poll found that Americans fear Alzheimer’s more than any other disease, including cancer. But there’s evidence to suggest that dementia and age-related cognitive decline are not inevitable by-products of getting older. A review published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year concluded that dementia rates in the U.S. and Europe are actually dropping. For instance, a pair of surveys aimed at people ages 65 and up found that the prevalence of dementia fell from 8.3 percent in 1994 to 6.5 percent in 2011.

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