20 December 2011

Brain function - a new indicator of the burden of aging

Cognitive function might be a better indicator of the impact of aging on an economy than age-distribution.

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A new study, led by IIASA’s Vegard Skirbekk and published in PNAS finds that one standardized indicator of cognitive ability-memory recall-is better in countries with higher education and health standards. Countries most burdened by aging may be those where cognitive levels among seniors is poor, not simply those who are chronologically older. More.

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