Education and decline in cognitive performance: compensatory but not protective.

  title={Education and decline in cognitive performance: compensatory but not protective.},
  author={Helen Christensen and Ailsa E Korten and Anthony F Jorm and A Scott Henderson and Patricia A Jacomb and Bryan Rodgers and Andrew J Mackinnon},
  journal={International journal of geriatric psychiatry},
  volume={12 3},
The association between education and cognitive change was investigated in a large community sample of elderly people followed up after 3.6 years. Lower education was predictive of decline on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and on tests of language and knowledge, but not on tests of cognitive speed, memory or reaction time. The effects of education were not attenuated when adjusted for health, disability or activity level. The findings suggest that education slows the rate of decline… CONTINUE READING

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