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Researchers Link Solitude, Alzheimer’s

By Amy Mikel in News on Jul 31, 2008 7:18PM

New research presented yesterday at the aforementioned International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease found that those living alone when middle-aged are 40 to 50 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life. The first-of-its kind study, developed by Swedish researchers, particularly identified those who have been widowed or divorced before midlife as high-risk for later dementia. Previous studies have suggested a strong link between late-age social interaction and brain health, with marriage included among social activities that can help to decrease the onset of memory decline. [S-T]