DolceTracker| Researchers have previously established a positive correlation between education and dementia. For each additional year of education there is an 11% decrease in risk of developing dementia.
Scientists have now established that it’s not the case that a higher socioeconomic status and the assumed healthier lifestyle protects the brain against dementia.
The brain pathology is similar regardless of education levels. This study found that those with more education are better able to compensate for the effects of dementia. Note that the Science Daily headline on this article is inaccurate. More education doesn’t prevent dementia, although many studies underscore the importance of growing new dendrites in our aging brains. Educated people would be more likely to continue learning — generating active brain growth — which is an offensive move against the pathology of dementia.