18 percent of Utah seniors report declining memory


More Utah residents aged 60 and older report worsening memory loss compared with their counterparts in other states.

The Utah Department of Health released data this week from its first-ever telephone survey on the topic.

Surveyors found nearly 18 percent of Utah’s older adults reported their memory loss was happening more frequently or was getting worse. That’s higher than the average of all states surveyed _ nearly 13 percent reported a worsening memory overall.

The 10 study questions were developed through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nearly 1,000 Utah adults aged 60 and older were interviewed.

Kathryn Marti of the state health department says the survey results help the state plan how to best help an aging population.

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