Altzheimers progresses faster in highly educated

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Loiner, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. Geraldine

    Geraldine Registered User

    Oct 17, 2003
    143
    Nottingham
    Hi

    Apparantly the more highly educated you are the later in life you get the condition and when you do get it, it progresses faster. At last all these courses I keep doing at work have some meaning!!!

    Geraldine
    An almost 50 year old dedicated lifelong learner!
     
  2. Michael E

    Michael E Registered User

    Apr 14, 2005
    619
    Male
    Ronda Spain
    Good news - I am going to be alright - almost zero education - knew it was over rated!!! School I mean!
    Michael
     
  3. Amy

    Amy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2006
    3,453
    Well a lot of those that I teach need have no fear for the future then!! (and that is no reflection on my teaching I hope.)
    Amy
     
  4. Lila13

    Lila13 Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    1,342
    How can they possibly know, given that it can't be properly diagnosed until after death (when it's too late to be relevant for most of us anyway, though post mortem tests might be useful for research for future generations)?

    My mother was still trying to continue her education until recent months, and was very sad about giving up Countdown, University Challenge, books, newspapers. I tried to persuade her it was only the malnutrition and dehydration slowing her brain down, but neither of us ever really believed it.
     
  5. rummy

    rummy Registered User

    Jul 15, 2005
    700
    Oklahoma,USA
    Wooo Hooooo, I'm in the clear! I'm the classic artist...... no higher level thinking going on here ! :D
    Debbie
     
  6. jc141265

    jc141265 Registered User

    Sep 16, 2005
    836
    Australia
    The other side

    Dad - 54 when diagnosed, still going strong (health wise - not mentally) at age 61...most 'highly intelligent' man I have ever met.
     
  7. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    Nat, agree with you. Lionel diagnosedat 60, after 5/6 years of confusion.
    Still going strong at 64.

    Can still do the crossword in the Guardian if you read out the clues, and write them in for him (on a good day). Still more highly intelligent than I will ever be.

    No answer.......Connie
     
  8. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,107
    Toronto, Canada
    Well the researchers can't seem to make up their minds.

    I'm either damned or saved - dropped out of university but do the crossword every day & am a voracious reader.

    Oh well - what the h*ll!
     
  9. Lynne

    Lynne Registered User

    Jun 3, 2005
    3,433
    Suffolk,England
    Not exactly rocket science ...

    but (referring to the original subject, not anyone here who has replied! :) ) Surely it's just a matter of the mental decline being more noticeable in someone who was previously highly intelligent, articulate and/or well educated?
     
  10. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    Lynne

    Absolutely, and they might also be more likely to pick up the fact themselves that they cannot do something they consider they should be able to, and bring it to someone's attention.

    Jan commented to me on her being unable to remember some things - and this was way, way before any symptoms appeared.

    Of course, I just reassured her at the time, because my memory has always been lousy with names, for instance, and I thought it might just be part of aging, for her.
     

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