People who live in richer areas have a better memory and a lower risk of developing dementia, scientists at Monash University in Australia inform. The results of their study are reported in the journal JAMA Network Open.
The experts analyzed data collected between 2016 and 2020 in a long-term study involving 4656 participants aged 40 to 70 without dementia. It turned out that higher socioeconomic status was associated with better memory scores and a lower risk of developing dementia.
According to scientists, a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing dementia or prevent it, so it is important for everyone to have access to gyms, community pools, green spaces and health care. It is believed that up to 40% of cases of dementia are potentially preventable with the right lifestyle.
Dementia refers to a large group of diseases that cause progressive deterioration of a person’s cognitive and physical abilities. Dementia is most common in people over the age of 65, and there is no effective cure for it.