Don't Want Dementia? Get Married!

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If you think your spouse drives you crazy it may behoove you to know that they may also be reducing your risk for dementia. In a recent study the risk of dementia was significantly lower for married people than for adults who remained single, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Researchers wrote that, “Perhaps years of interacting with a husband or wife builds up a cognitive reserve that makes the brain more resilient to future damage.”

The report also suggests that married people tend to be healthier, because “their spouses nag them to eat their vegetables, quit smoking and take their blood pressure medications.” Better physical health could mean better brain health according to researchers.

  • Don’t worry, none of this means that people should get married. Understanding why marriage is associated with better cognitive health could lead to the development of “social interventions” that would be available to everyone, the authors concluded.

Source: L.A. Times

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