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Falls may indicate future Alzheimer's risk

Researchers examined 83 adults with normal cognition older than 65 and found that neurodegeneration, but not amyloid levels in the brain, correlated with increased risk of falling, and those who fell had reduced hippocampal volumes and symptoms of decay in brain networks involved in movement control. The findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease also showed that falls with the strongest association with amyloid buildup and brain connectivity loss were observed during the later preclinical Alzheimer's dementia stages, prompting researchers to recommend Alzheimer's screenings for seniors who have experienced falls.

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