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Half of Older Adults Now Die With a Dementia Diagnosis

April 13, 2022

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Presented by Health Lab

A new study from Michigan Medicine found that nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia, up 36% from two decades ago. However, the team of U-M researchers suggests that the sharp rise may have more to do with better public awareness, more detailed medical records, and Medicare billing practices than an actual rise in the condition. Julie Bynum, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study and a professor of geriatric medicine at Michigan Medicine, talks about the research and how this information will help physicians moving forward.

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