Seminar: Terrie Moffitt on dementia trends in people who experience mental disorders at younger ages

Thursday, April 7, 2022



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Young people with mental disorders tend to age fast & develop dementia: 
An opportunity for prevention

Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD
Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor
Duke University
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022, 11:30AM-12:30PM ET
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ABSTRACT: Mental disorders peak between age 10 and 30, but physical diseases peak after age 60. If the people who experience mental disorders and age-related diseases are the same people, then this would raise the possibility that improving mental health care for young people might be able to result in a return on investment later, by reducing the societal burden of age-related disease. We tested this hypothesis in longitudinal birth cohorts and also in nationwide medical record data, finding that young people who experience mental disorders tend to age faster on measures of the pace of biological aging, develop more late-life physical diseases, use more health care, and have elevated risk of dementia.