Risk tools may predict cognitive decline

Responses from nearly 8000 participants with an average age of 55 were analysed by French researchers in a longitudinal British cohort study, Whitehall II.

Risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke were calculated using respective Framingham scores for each participant at the start of the study, while late-life dementia risk was calculated with the newly-proposed Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Ageing and Dementia (CAIDE) score.

Cognitive tests — including reasoning, memory, verbal fluency