Staying Mentally Active May Delay Alzheimer’s Symptoms But Underlying Disease Persists

Staying mentally active, especially through middle age, can potentially delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by years according to a study published in the online edition of Neurology.

People who carry the gene APOE4 are known to be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Within this higher risk population, persons with the APOE4 gene who stay mentally active during middle age and have at least 14 years of education were able to keep symptoms (amyloid plaques) at bay longer than those in the study who carried the gene and had advanced education but who did not remain mentally active through middle-age.

The research asserts that while staying mentally active may delay disease symptoms the deteriorating trajectory of the underlying disease does not change. For more information, watch the video, link to the medical news version or access the article.