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Single exposed to Alzheimer’s

Living in a relationship protects against Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases.

Single exposed to Alzheimer's

Single exposed to Alzheimer's

INTELLECTUAL STIMULANS: In a relationship you get social and intellectual stimulus that protects against Alzheimer’s. But researchers do not know how much the quality of the relationship has to say. Photo: Crestock

Single exposed to Alzheimer's

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Single exposed to Alzheimer's

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This is the conclusion in a survey conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

– The results are sensational. They show a very strong connection between social factors and the risk of being affected by dementia, “Krister Håkansson, researcher in psychology at Växjö University and head of the study said.

The performance was presented in the US yesterday during the world’s largest dementia conference.

Active Lifestyle Reduces Risk

The Swedish researchers looked at 2000 people in Finland, who were examined when they were 50 years old and again when they were 70 to see if they had developed dementia. This should be unique, as you usually only study older people in dementia research.

In total, 139 of these had developed some mental impairment, while 48 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Even after age and other factors affecting dementia were taken into account, the study clearly showed that people in a relationship are less vulnerable to the disease.

Previous research has shown that an active lifestyle, both intellectually and socially, reduces the risk of dementia.

Life in a relationship usually involves a lot of social and intellectual stimulus.

50 percent less hazard

For middle-aged people, the risk of being affected by dementia later in life is reduced by 50 percent, compared to those living alone in the middle of life.

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is also affected by how long you’ve lived as a single – and why.

Those who have lived alone throughout their lives have twice the risk of developing dementia. Those who have divorced in the middle of life and then live as single have three times as high risk.

Widows and widowers at risk

Most people at risk of dementia have those who lost their partner before they became mediocre. Compared to married couples, widows and widows have more than six times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to the survey.

– It indicates that it is not only social and intellectual stimulus that is important, but also traumatic experiences.

– This just shows how important it is to help people affected by crisis. It is also more profitable for society in terms of how much care of a demented person costs, researcher Krister Håkansson says in a press release from Karolinska Institutet.

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