“An updated report by a group of specialists lists 12 modifiable factors that, if a person acts on them, could reduce their dementia risk. Before this update, the report had listed nine modifiable factors.
The 2020 report by the Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care appeared at the end of July in The Lancet. It provides some important updates to the previous document, which the journal published in 2017.
The Lancet Commission is a team comprising 28 experts on dementia from institutions all around the world. The report’s first author is Prof. Gill Livingston, from University College London in the United Kingdom.
The Commission also presented its conclusions at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in July, which this year took place online.
Report co-author and AAIC presenter Dr. Lon Schneider, from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, comments on the report. He says, “We are learning that tactics to avoid dementia begin early and continue throughout life, so it’s never too early or too late to take action.”