Johnson Presents at Conference on Alzheimer’s

Dr. Adrienne Johnson presents research on Alzheimers and tobacco useUW-CTRI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Adrienne Johnson presented her research on tobacco use at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles last week. “There’s a benefit to quitting (smoking) at any age, even a later age,” Johnson said. She and her colleagues found that cognitively healthy current smokers had increased rates of dementia, nursing home care, and death than never smokers. After 10 years of quitting, former smokers had the same rates of those negative outcomes as never smokers. This exemplifies the negative impact of smoking on dementia and highlights the benefit of quitting on these risks. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.