In a study published in Neuroepidemiology analyzing the memory test results of more than 11 thousand elderly people in Europe, researchers found education can combat cognitive decline at one point.
They take a test given at the beginning of the study. Every two years for almost a decade they take the test again.
When the researchers compared the results of that test with a diagnosis of dementia, they found people with higher education seem to have lower rates of dementia.
But when researchers looked at what happened to those who have dementia, found education does not seem to affect the rate of decline in function kognitif.Dengan other words, dementia starts no matter how high a person's education.
That does not mean education is not an important part in the prevention of dementia. Dorina veil, researchers from the department of behavioral health sciences at the University College of London and leader of the research said education gives people more cognitive reserve.
Thus, once cognitive decline begins, it takes more time to experience the effects of a slowdown in the thinking skills associated with age.
As many bank accounts, has more reserves gives us greater room to compensate for the areas in the brain that may diminish over time.
He noted even an extra year of education can help one of the additional words in the test recall many years later.
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Many studies continue to support the fact that people who play cards, read a good friend with dementia tend to experience slower than those who were not involved in this activity. But some research began to conclude the benefits just stopped there.
One study of nearly 1,200 elderly people found that those who remain mentally active may develop dementia later.
But when it starts, it's faster cognitive decline compared with those not so active intellectually.
This may reflect that people with more active brain or higher education may have a larger reserve to be taken when the brain begins to decline. But when the reserves were exhausted, there was nothing more that could be taken to run the brain.
Still more research is needed to understand how the backup system it affects age-related decline.
But experts still say the best way to prevent dementia is to back up as much as possible.
Keeping the brain active, many friends, visiting a museum or learning new skills is one way of achieving it.
Many other factors affect how the aging brain, including physical activity, heart health, mental health, sleep and diet. Including the role of sport is very important.
Recent study of more than 1,600 people aged over 65 years found that those who spend more time sitting have the same risk of dementia in people who carry a genetic mutation that makes them higher risk of getting Alzheimer's.
But physically active may help the brain to keep the heart fit. Many studies have shown the same risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes also may make people more at risk of contact with dementia.
Poor heart health also means less blood flow to the brain, which is also important nourishes brain nerve and maintain healthy nerve connections.
"We should really look at not just one factor but a combination of factors. Sports, a healthy diet and meet your friends and family. Everything seemed to help us in old age," said the veil.