MADRID, July 17 -- There's a simple way, to calculate a middle-age patient's eventual dementia risk, on a scale of one to 15, according to Swedish investigators.
The risk score highlights the role of vascular factors in the development of dementia 20 years hence, said Tiia Ngandu, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
"It may help to identify individuals who can benefit from lifestyle changes and drug therapies," she said in a poster presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders here.
The dementia risk score is still being tweaked to validate and refine its accuracy, Dr. Ngandu said. The score was developed by following 1,409 participants in the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) project. The participants were examined at a mean age of 50 and then were re-examined 20 years later to assess dementia.