Summary: A recent study confirms that higher levels of education seem to delay cognitive decline, but may increase the rate of decline once it starts. The results of this study don’t mean much for any one person. But they do mean that memory loss might not be readily apparent in people with Alzheimer’s, especially those with more education. The findings point to the need to detect changes in the brain before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias appear. This will be especially important when treatments to delay progression are available.
The title of a recent press release from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) caught my eye – “Educated People Who Develop Dementia Lose Memory At A Faster Rate.” The press release was based on study results published in the October 23, 2007 issue of the AAN’s journal Neurology.