Having a Close Relative with Alzheimer’s Disease May Impair Cognition
According to recent research from the Translational Genomics Research Institute, US, having a close relative with Alzheimer’s disease may affect cognition and learning.
During the study, the total amount of 59,571 participants completed online questionnaires including questions about their sex, educational level, age, language, country, overall health, and family history of the Alzheimer’s disease.
After the participants answered all the necessary questions, they were asked to memorize 12-word pairs. After that, they had to retest their memory with the new pairs of words filling in the matching words missing.
The analysis of the collected data showed that people with a close relative with the condition (a parent or a sibling) matched 2.5 fewer word pairs compared to people without a family history of the condition.
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