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Research: Educational and Occupational Complexity are Related to Dementia

by Ernest Harry

The latest research shows that education level and occupational complexity are related to dementia! The research has been published in a research report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Educational and occupational complexity are related to dementia. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

London, UK (Merxwire) – The causes of dementia include stroke, brain damage or Alzheimer’s disease, etc., all of which can lead to dementia. About 8.1% of women and 5.4% of men have dementia in the population over the age of 65 in the world. The disease may also occur under 65, and approximately 10% of patients worldwide have early-onset dementia. But so far, medicine has not yet found an effective way to treat dementia, so it can only delay the course of the disease as much as possible.

In other words, if people want to reduce the risk of developing dementia, they must avoid stroke, brain damage, or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, what other risks are related to the causes of dementia? A research report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease pointed out that the risk of dementia in old age is significantly related to the early stages of human development; educational level and occupational complexity are all related to dementia.

The researchers analyzed data from a total of 10,195 participants, ranging in age from 58 to 103 years old, with an average age of 74 years. These participants come from 9 international datasets from 6 countries over 4 continents. The results show that people with an education level below junior high school have a higher risk of dementia than those with an education level above high school.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of dementia. (Photo via Pixabay.com)

It is worth noting that there is no significant difference between “high school graduation degree” or “high school graduation above,” but if compared with “junior high school degree or below,” people with higher education are less likely to suffer from dementia. On the other hand, the level of education also affects the complexity of the work content, and this situation has shown consistent results in different countries.

“In theory, both early life education and psychological participation in adult work can help prevent dementia in later life.” The researcher said, “The survey results are quite consistent across different countries. Interestingly, high school graduation seems sufficient Prevent dementia, which shows that there is a threshold effect.”

With the aging of the global population, the number of people who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia increases year by year. According to a report issued by the World Health Organization in September 2021, there are currently more than 55 million people who have dementia. It is estimated that the number of people with dementia worldwide will increase to 78 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of dementia, and about 50% to 70% of dementia patients worldwide come from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, and most patients are over 65 years old. Although age is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, dementia is not necessarily associated with aging. Research estimates that 40% to 50% of cases of dementia are preventable.

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