Middle-aged women have better memory than men. They also process information faster than men. ‘However, in the years that follow, both functions deteriorate faster in women than in men,’ the RIVM reports on the basis of a joint study with the University of Amsterdam.
In the Netherlands and worldwide, more women than men still develop old-age dementia. Dementia affects functions such as memory and speed of information processing. Even before the time when dementia usually occurs, the functions are already steadily decreasing.
Study of 20 years
For this study, these functions of 10,000 men and women aged 45 and older were measured over a 20-year period. The Doetinchem Cohort Study and the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam were used.
Differences may be smaller in the future
Among participants born later, roughly after the Second World War, the advantage in memory and speed of information processing for women is greater. This is partly because the level of education has increased in recent decades, especially among women. Due to this relatively higher cognitive reserve in women, it is possible that in the future dementia will no longer occur more often in women than in men.
Women’s memory is better than men’s from 45 years, but this deteriorates faster
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