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Apathy may raise dementia risk in seniors

Older adults with normal cognition but severe levels of apathy had a nearly twofold increased likelihood of developing dementia, compared with those with low apathy levels, and the association between apathy and dementia remained even after accounting for demographics, APOE4 status, cardiovascular risk factors and depressed mood, according to a study in Neurology. "While depression has been studied more extensively as a predictor of dementia, our study adds to the research showing that apathy also deserves attention as an independent predictor of the disease," said researcher Dr. Meredith Bock.

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