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Medical News & Perspectives
June 12, 2019

Low Awareness of Scammers’ Tactics Linked to Dementia Risk in Cognitively Normal People

JAMA. 2019;322(1):13-14. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5765

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.