Jun 272012
 

Cognitive lifestyle refers to our lifelong patterns of complex mental activity and is therefore a challenging concept to measure. However, our group has developed Lifetime of Experience Questionnaire (LEQ) as a way of measuring differences in cognitive lifestyle between older cognitively intact persons.

Our previous research has shown that a more active cognitive lifestyle is not only associated with a reduced risk for long term incident dementia, but also with increased chances of cognitive recovery from Mild Cognitive Impairment to normal cognition. There is growing evidence for the idea that cognitive lifestyle leads to a compression of cognitive morbidity, with important potential socioeconomic implications.

Key Questions

In collaboration with several population-based cohorts around the world, we aim to answer the following key questions:

  1. What is a ‘normal’ cognitive lifestyle amongst older Australians?
  2. How does cognitive lifestyle compare between older Australians, British, French and Americans?
  3. Does a more active cognitive lifestyle help prevent dementia?
  4. Which mental activities, if any, are more important?

Status

This study is mid-way through completion. Irene Leon from University of Almeria in Spain has made two visits to RNG to assist in analyzing this data and is currently writing up the results from the Australian LEQ survey.

Outcomes

The following reports related to this study have been published:

4Nations Collaborators

Funding

This research is funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC).