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Brain The study notes that the growth in diagnoses can be attributed in part to ” the accumulation of people who are diagnosed with the condition and remain within the commercially insured population.” (Image: Shutterstock)

It appears that more young people are showing signs of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s – but more research needs to be done to verify what’s happening – and why, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association report, “Early-Onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Rates Grow for Younger Americans.”

From 2013 to 2017, diagnosis rates of both forms of dementia in people aged 30 to 64 rose by 200 percent, to 131,000, among 48 million commercially insured members of Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. Broken down by age segment, the number diagnosed with these conditions increased 373 percent among 30- to 44-year-olds, 311 percent among 45- to 54-year-olds and 143 percent among 55- to 64-year-olds.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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