Memory loss in older adults linked to ethnicity, according to one study

WASHINGTON — There may be an ethnic link to memory loss. A new survey says Hispanics and Latinos tend to feel it an an earlier age.

An AARP study of 542 Hispanic and Latino adults detected the disparity. Half the participants over the age of 65 reported some memory loss over the last five years . But what caught the researchers attention was the fact four in ten of the respondents in their 40s reported a similar decline.

The researchers then crunched all the survey data and found Hispanics and Latinos tend to first notice memory loss at an average age of 49 – — six years younger than the general population.

Virtually all of the survey participants said they believe it is important to maintain or improve brain health, and seven in ten said they are concerned about their brain health declining in the future.


WTOP’s Paula Wolfson contributed to this report

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