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Marriage linked to lower risk of dementia

The widowed have a 20 per cent increased risk of developing dementia compared to married individuals

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock | Reuters 

Being married, or ever having been married, comes with a much lower risk of developing dementia compared to being a lifelong bachelor or bachelorette, a new analysis of previous studies suggests. Researchers found that people who never married were 42 per cent more likely than those who were married at midlife to ever be diagnosed with dementia. Being divorced, though, was not tied to higher dementia risk compared with the folks who stayed married. “Our findings, from large populations across numerous countries and time periods, are the strongest evidence yet that married people are ...

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 22:31 IST