Dual functionally impaired hearing and vision are linked to increased dementia risk in community-dwelling older adults

Takeaway

  • Older adults with functional sensory impairments are at increased risk of incident dementia.

Why this matters

  • Impairments in vision or hearing are prevalent in older adults and have been linked to increased risk of dementia; this is the first study to investigate the contribution of dual sensory impairment on dementia risk. The findings suggest that interventions that target potentially modifiable multiple sensory impairments could be an additional way to reduce dementia risk.