Is poverty in later life associated with cognitive decline?


  • A longer duration of poverty over a 6-year period in individuals over 64 years was associated with poorer cognitive function, but a slower rate of cognitive decline.

Why this matters

  • Good cognitive function is a vital component of a healthy, independent lifestyle in older age.

  • The impacts of income trajectories in older adults have not been well studied, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.