Older adults with lower extremity peripheral nerve function loss, particularly sensory impairments, may be at a higher risk for dementia.
Why this matters?
Lower extremity peripheral nerve impairments are common among older adults; sensory function may be impaired in up to 50% of older adults. Preliminary evidence suggests it may also be more prevalent in those with cognitive impairment.
The association between peripheral neuropathy and dementia could inform clinical care and management of both patient populations, as well as help identify those who are susceptible to poor health outcomes.