New Tool May Predict Mortality Risk for Older Adults With Dementia
A prognosis prediction model may help clinicians accurately predict death among older adults with dementia. The tool, which covers six measures ― age, sex, body mass index (BMI), and physical fitness ― may help clinicians better frame discussions about treatment and end-of-life decisions with patients, according to the researchers, whose research was published September 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
@pritam Approximately 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years or older have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, according to the researchers. The median survival time from age at diagnosis varies widely, ranging from 3.3 to 11.7 years, they add. The ability to better predict which patients are more likely to survive longer with dementia could significantly help with financial planning, clinical choices, the use of long-term care, and other types of decisions for this population.