Higher education keeps dementia at bay: study - Macleans.ca

Higher education keeps dementia at bay: study

More school means better coping mechanisms


The more education you have, the better you will cope if you develop dementia, a new study has found. “Our study shows education in early life appears to enable some people to cope with a lot of changes in their brain before showing dementia symptoms,” said co-author Dr Hannah Keage at the University of Cambridge. For every added year of education, there is 11% decrease in risk of developing dementia. The study examined the brains of 872 people over 20 years. Scientists had observed that people with more education had a lower risk of developing dementia, but didn’t have conclusive evidence to prove it. The new study confirms that link.

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