Sleep apnea linked to increased risk of dementia in elderly women: Page 3 of 3

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October 3, 2011

By contrast, no independent connection was seen between dementia and the number of times patients were awakened in their struggle to breathe.

Some previous studies have suggested that providing oxygen therapy to patients with Alzheimer's disease and sleep apnea slows their cognitive decline. The new findings suggest that providing oxygen therapy to elderly people with sleep apnea may reduce the chances of them becoming cognitively impaired or delay the onset of mental decline.