School Work Prevents Senile Dementia

July 9, 2013

Cognitive decline is among the most dreaded consequences of old age and disease.  Few things undermine a person’s ability, opportunities, and independence more than loss of mental function.  Previous research has suggested that people with higher levels of education suffer less cognitive decline after becoming afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease and other pathological insults to their brain.  But why, and does studying in school also help health people resist senility in old age?