More U.S. Seniors, Especially Women, Are Retaining Healthy Brains

This article by Drugs.com is interesting to me given I have been for a few years a “senior.”

The first portion of the article states:

The percentage of older Americans reporting serious problems with memory and thinking has declined in recent years – and higher education levels may be part of the reason, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2008 and 2017, the proportion of older U.S. adults reporting “serious cognitive problems” declined from just over 12 percent to 10 percent. The reasons are unclear, but an increase in Americans’ educational attainment over time seemed to account for part of the trend.

Many studies have linked higher education levels to a lower risk of impaired thinking and dementia, said lead researcher Esme Fuller-Thomson, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Life Course and Aging.

One theory – the “cognitive reserve” hypothesis – is that people with more education are better able to withstand the pathological brain changes that mark the dementia process. That is, they can function at a higher level, for longer, than their less-educated peers with the same brain changes.

That goes on and provides more information about this topic while mentioning other studies that support this one. Also, some other facts are given. For some reason more women say they have dementia issues than men but fewer in each sex say they have dementia issues in 2017 compared to 2008.

If you are interested in more information, click here for the full article from Drugs.com.