Old Folks Running Washington Threaten National Security As More Have Dementia: RAND

  • Current and former U.S. officials with dementia may pose a national security threat, according to a Pentagon-funded study that is bringing more scrutiny to aging politicians for recent apparent lapses in cognitive abilities.
  • Because people are living and working longer, “the workforce might experience a higher prevalence of dementia than in past generations,” the study, published by the RAND Corporation’s National Security Research Division earlier this year, states.
  • “Taken together, we believe that an increasing number of cleared personnel – that is, personnel who hold or have held security clearances – have or will have dementia.”
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