Older adults with at least a college education and any amyloid-beta protein deposition levels scored at least one standard unit higher in cognitive tests, compared with those who didn't graduate high school, regardless of amyloid-beta accumulation, but there was no association between midlife cognition scores and late-life amyloid-beta accumulation, according to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. "Our data suggest that more education seems to play a role as a form of cognitive reserve that helps people do better at baseline, but it doesn't affect one's actual level of decline," said researcher Dr. Rebecca Gottesman.
Link between cognitive reserve, later amyloid-beta accumulation studied
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