A newer study shows that taking anxiety drugs may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults. Not only are seniors developing Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, but other studies show that there is an increasing percentage of people being diagnosed with it every year. It just so happens, that there is also an increasing percentage of people taken these medications to treat anxiety.
These anxiety drugs are also known as benzodiazepines or benzos for short which help control all types of psychological problems. Some popular brands are Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ambien and Lunesta.
The recent study was conducted by French and Canadian researchers which showed about 50% of seniors they reviewed with Alzheimer’s, used these anxiety drugs.
The study also shows that people who took these drugs for longer terms, had a higher risk of developing the disease. You can read more about this on the The New York Times column, “The New Old Age” here.