A new analysis finds higher baseline cognition scores for aging women, but a more rapid drop once cognitive decline begins.
Deborah A. Levine, MD, MPH1,2,3Alden L. Gross, PhD4Emily M. Briceño, PhD1,3,5; et al
Women may start middle age with stronger brain function than men, but as they get older, women’s cognition declines faster. That’s according to a new analysis from more than 26,000 Black and white men and women who had participated in one of five long-term cohort studies. The researchers found that women had significantly faster declines in overall cognition and executive function, the brain processes used in problem-solving, planning and managing your time. However, memory decline was comparable between men and women.