Late-onset epilepsy is associated with a higher risk of subsequent dementia

Takeaway

  • Older people who develop epilepsy later in life have an increased risk of subsequent dementia.

Why this matters

    These novel findings suggest that older adults who develop late-onset epilepsy should be closely monitored for cognitive impairment and dementia. These individuals may need assistance with medication management and other daily activities and could benefit from accounting for this risk when planning future healthcare needs.

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