Epidemiology of dementia: concepts and overview

Neurol Clin. 2000 Nov;18(4):923-50. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8619(05)70233-4.


This article reviews current knowledge about the prevalence and incidence of dementia and the risk and protective factors for dementia. Relevant epidemiologic concepts and methodological issues are reviewed, focusing on the implications of designing and interpreting epidemiologic studies of dementia and illustrating the integrative role of epidemiology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / diagnosis
  • Alzheimer Disease / epidemiology*
  • Alzheimer Disease / etiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / epidemiology*
  • Dementia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology