15 February 2009

Educational attainment and cognitive decline

Education may not affect how fast you will lose your memory
American Academy of Neurology: 2 February 2009
While a higher level of education may help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, new research shows that once educated people start to become forgetful, a higher level of education does not appear to protect against how fast they will lose their memory. The research is published in the February 3, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

In the study, scientists tested the thinking skills of 6,500 people with an average age of 72 from the Chicago area with different levels of education. The education level of people in the study ranged from eight years of school or fewer to 16 or more years of schooling. Interviews and tests about memory and thinking functions were given every three years for an average of 6.5 years. … > full story

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