Studies have shown that susceptibility to scams, such as fake IRS agents who demand payment of back taxes or a fake lottery that requires money up front before distributing winnings, has been associated with progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer disease. But a recent study involving 935 individuals, average age 81.2 years, found a link between scam susceptibility and dementia risk even among people who are cognitively normal.
Rubin R. Low Awareness of Scammers’ Tactics Linked to Dementia Risk in Cognitively Normal People. JAMA. Published online June 12, 2019322(1):13–14. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5765
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