1960s study to be compared to new dementia study

MADISON — Nearly 400 Madison high school graduates took part in aptitude testing in 1960 in response to the country’s concern over Russian dominance in space.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the tests were distributed through Project Talent, a national longitudinal study. Now, a third of those who took part in the test are being asked to participate in a new study on aging and dementia.

Questionnaires were recently mailed to the 128 of the 382 East High School graduates from the classes of 1960-63. Participants will receive a new 28-page questionnaire and will be awarded $20 for participating. They could also receive another $20 when they’re invited to take a digital survey in the next coming weeks.

Researchers hope to identify factors that help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.