According to a United Nations Development Programme study, the population of people over 60 is growing faster than any other age group. With more individuals entering this population, the Hydrocephalus Association is committed to educating the public about the form of hydrocephalus called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), which typically presents itself in individuals 60 years of age and older. An article this week in U.S. News & World Report by Magaly Olivero highlights the importance of raising awareness of NPH. It is estimated that between 10 – 15% of the 5.2 million individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia are, in fact, living with NPH. Unlike other dementias, NPH has a treatment option, and successful treatment can allow an individual to return to an active lifestyle.
The article features Dr. Michael Williams, a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors and a founding member of the HA-funded Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (AHCRN), who speaks to the urgency of proper diagnosis and early treatment of individuals. Dr. Ann Marie Flannery, a member of our Medical Advisory Board, also provides information about the treatment of NPH.