Leading an “intellectually, socially and physically active lifestyle” may help prevent dementia and other cognitive decline, new research suggests.
This includes continuing education and participation in hobbies.
A new study published in the journal Neurology looked at various factors that may lead to cognitive decline.
1,184 participants took part, all born in England in 1946.
Researchers examined each participant’s childhood perceptions at age 8, ‘educational attainment’ by age 26, leisure activities at age 43, and occupation by age 53.
Participants’ reading comprehension was also assessed on a score of 53 and cognitive ability was tested on a score of 69.
The maximum score for this test was 100, with an average participant score of 92.
Researchers found that those who performed best on cognitive tests at age 69 scored higher on assessments taken earlier in life, such as early childhood cognitive skills, the “cognitive reserve index,” and reading comprehension tests. I discovered that it is likely to have
Those with a degree performed better than those without a formal education.
However, a team of academics has found that continuing lifelong learning may help protect the brain.
Participants who engaged in six or more leisure activities, including adult education classes, clubs, volunteer work, social activities, and gardening, scored higher than those who engaged in up to four leisure activities.
Dorina Cadar, Ph.D., study author, Brighton and Sussex College of Medicine, said: Dementia and dementia.
“By building a cognitive reserve, for people who may not have benefited from a well-rounded childhood, it is possible to offset the negative effects of poor childhood cognitive performance, resulting in stronger mental resilience later in life. It is reassuring to discover that we have the potential to provide
The authors also found that people with ‘professional’ careers performed better on cognitive tests at age 69 compared to those with ‘unskilled’ jobs.
Dr. Michal Schnaider Beeri, of the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York, wrote an editorial accompanying the study, stating: Education, expanding opportunities for leisure activities, and providing cognitively challenging activities for people, especially those in less skilled occupations. ”
Katherine Gray, research communications manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, commented on the study: and late thinking problems.
“Participants who activated their brains through education, careers, or participation in complex hobbies during childhood and adulthood had improved thinking abilities by the age of 69.
“The number of people living with dementia in the UK is estimated to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. There are many risk factors associated with developing dementia, but engaging in mind-stimulating activities and engaging in regular Know that you will find ways to get dementia in the future.Challenging the brain will help reduce the occurrence of memory and thinking problems in the future.”
That’s because new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego concluded that high blood pressure during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of dementia.
Researchers say women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with vascular dementia later on.
Alzheimer’s Research UK Head of Research Dr Rosa Sancho said of the findings: This new study highlights the impact of hypertension and related disorders during pregnancy on a woman’s risk of developing dementia later in life. ”