How Being Married Can Cut Your Risk of Alzheimer's in Later Life
Might sound very strange indeed. There seems to be almost no practical connection between marriage and Alzheimer's. However stranger things have happened before and this is no surprise. A group of Swedish researchers how come up with this interesting piece of research. Take a look.
Being married protects you against Alzheimer's in later life, claim researchers.
People who have a partner in middle age are at half the risk of developing dementia as those who live alone, says a study.
Getting divorced and becoming widowed in mid-life raises the risk three-fold.
The study by Swedish researchers is one of the first to focus on marital status and the risk of dementia.
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, which cause shrinkage of the brain, affect more than 700,000 people in the UK.
Previous research has suggested social isolation or lack of personal contact carries an increased risk of dementia and mental decline.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: 'In societies where divorce and separation are growing trends, we need to examine how we help people adjust to living alone.
'Those who are widowed are at a much higher risk, and interventions soon after their loss may have a significant preventive effect. Much more research is needed.'