To test the hypothesis that education affects the course of illness in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, we examined retrospectively a large (n = 594) longitudinal AD database. AD patients with > 11 years of education (high school complete) were compared with AD patients who had ≤ 11 years of education (high school incomplete) on a measure of cognitive function and a measure of overall function. Persons with completed high school education presented at a significantly earlier age and with higher cognitive scores than persons with high school incomplete. They had more rapid cognitive decline in cognitive function, language, and praxis scores, but no greater loss in global function.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1998|
- Alzheimer's disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology