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Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday Adult Class Reminder

Keep Your Mind For Later Use
Part 3 of 10

Sunday November 18th @ 10:00 am
Guest Speaker; Laurie Whitlock RN

The Role of Education in Promoting Brain Health:  Learn to Live Well

Robert Katzman was the chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in the early 1980's.  In his work, he worked patients suffering from dementia, and did a study in 1988 to see if the level of plaque and tangles in the brains of deceased patients matched their level of cognitive decline.  He found that it did – except for one group of patients – those in "Group A" who had lots of tangles and plaque without significant dementia.  Other studies went on to discover a key to those in that group: education, including a large study in China, where Dr. Katzman "found that those with no education had twice the risk of developing dementia than those who had attended middle school or even elementary school.  Similar results were later found in population surveys of dementia rates in France, Italy, Sweden, and Israel.

Another neuroscientist, Yaakov Stern, at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, published a study in 1994 in the Journal of the American Medical Association with similar conclusions.  "We found that those with less than eight years of education were twice as likely to become demented and those who had lower education and lower-level occupations were three times as likely," Stern said.  (From The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain by Barbara Strauch, New York: Viking, 2010), pp. 108-114).

Other studies have shown that it is never too late to learn and improve the health of your brain.  Come join the Adult Sunday School Class on November 18th at 10:00 am to learn more.

You'll be thankful that you did!