Income volatility impairs brain health in middle aged adults

Takeaway

  • Income volatility during young and middle adulthood is negatively associated with cognitive function and brain MRI integrity at midlife, independent of socioeconomic and major cardiovascular risk factors.

Why this matters

    Income volatility presents a growing public health threat. These findings show that income volatility and poorer cognitive health are linked and provide a foundation for further studies investigating the effect of income instability on cognitive aging in older age.