-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
British and Finnish researchers have recently discovered that the more education one has, the more one’s risk of developing dementia decreases. According to Hanna Keage from Cambridge University, “More education is not associated with any differences in the damage to the brain, but people with higher education can cope with that damage better.” Keage believes that this may be due to psychological strength gained through better education, which might help people think of ways around their problems raised by dementia. These findings are incredibly important for America, due to the increasing number of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., and the growing cost of taking care of those patients. According to Keage, if dementia could be delayed by two years for Americans over age 50, “there would be nearly two million fewer cases of dementia over the next 40 years,” which would greatly cut the cost of care for these people.