Marriage can cut risk of Alzheimer’s in old age

New researches claimed that being married protects you against Alzheimer’s in later life. People who have a partner in middle age are at half the risk of developing dementia as those who live alone. People who get divorced & becoming widowed in mid-life raises the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's & other forms of dementia, which cause shrinkage of the brain, affect the people all over the world.


Previous studies have suggested social isolation or lack of personal contact carries an increased risk of dementia & mental decline. There is a significant links between feelings of loneliness & the chances of suffering Alzheimer's disease. The middle-aged people who live alone have double the risk of dementia compared with those who are married or have a partner.

Those living alone in middle-age and who are widowed or divorced have the highest chances of developing dementia. They are three times more likely to develop diseases such as Alzheimer's, as are people who are single during middle-age. The experts suggested women overall had less chance of dementia than men. There is a substantial & independent association between marital status in mid-life & cognitive function later in life.

The stress of becoming widowed may play a part in declining mental functions. The constant social interaction between marriage partners may keep brain cells in better working order. Other studies have revealed that the risk of dementia can be reduced by exercise, a healthy diet & having rich social network. Dr Susanne Sorensen said, “Evidence suggests that remaining socially active may reduce your risk of dementia and living with someone is certainly a good way of doing this.”

Single people shouldn't worry. There are many other ways to reduce their risk of dementia. The best evidence is around eating a Mediterranean diet, exercising regularly & getting their cholesterol & blood pressure checked regularly. In today’s society where divorce & separation are growing, people need to examine how they help people adjust to live alone. Those who are widowed are at a much higher risk & interventions soon after their loss may have a significant preventive effect.

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