Dementia Risk Associated With Loneliness / Absence of Close Relationships in Later Life (BBC News / Journals of Gerontology / Aging and Mental Health)

Summary

Loneliness is increasingly mentioned in research as a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia. Research based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing indicates that marriage and / or having close friends may help to protect individuals against the risk of developing dementia.

“ …single people had twice the risk of developing dementia during the study than those who were married [yielding] about one extra diagnosis per 100 unmarried people”.

Strangely, social isolation (measured in terms of contact with friends and family or participation in organisations) does not seem to be associated with higher dementia risk. It appears to be the quality, not the quantity, of social interaction that matters more.

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Reference

Marriage may protect against dementia. London: BBC Health News, October 28th 2017.

This relates to:

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Reference

Rafnsson, SB. Orrell, M. [and] d’Orsi, E. [et al] (2017). Loneliness, social integration, and incident dementia over 6 years: prospective findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. June 27th 2017.

Further ELSA-based research, from the same team:

Regarding the Benefits of Physical Activity

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Reference

Soni, M. Orrell, M. [and] Bandelow, S. [et al] (2017). Physical activity pre- and post-dementia: English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Aging and Mental Health. October 17th 2017: 1-7. [Epub ahead of print].

Regarding the Internet Usage and the Digital Divide

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Reference

d’Orsi, E. Xavier, AJ. [and] Rafnsson, SB [et al] (2017). Is use of the internet in midlife associated with lower dementia incidence? Results from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Aging and Mental Health. August 10th 2017: 1-9. [Epub ahead of print].

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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