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Staying in education 'may reduce chance of dementia'

Staying in education 'may reduce chance of dementia'
31st March 2009

Children who stay in education past the age of 16 could have a much lower chance of getting dementia in later life, according to a recently released report.

The research, which was carried out by Cambridge University and began in 1976, checked the mental abilities of those over the age of 65, testing them again in 1991 and 2002, finding that those staying in school for longer had a lower rate of the disease.

Commenting on the results, Dr David Llewellyn, one of the report's lead authors, said: "These findings are important because they affect our projection of what's likely to happen in the future.

"It's not going to prevent what is essentially an epidemic of dementia, but it may mean it might not be quite as bad as we have predicted."

Earlier this month, it was announced that a £50 portable camera known as the SenseCam was launched in order to combat memory loss suffered by those with dementia, taking photos from a chain around the neck to refresh them.

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