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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 26, 2013

Tracking Cognitive Decline Now Helps Meet Future Needs

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(24):2544. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6977

Stepped-up data collections show that about 1 in 8 adults aged 60 years or older say they’ve become more confused or forgetful over the past year. Among them, 35% report that their cognitive problems interfere with work or social activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from 21 states that in 2011 reported additional information on cognitive impairment in their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys.

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