Tag Archives: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (University College London)

More on the Likely Benefits of Resilience, Marriage and Social Integration (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health / Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry)

Summary Autonomy among more “resilient” individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) appears to be higher than among “non-resilient” individuals. Outcomes were measured in terms of independence, measured by performance of basic activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily … Continue reading

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Low Socio-Economic Status: a Possible Dementia Risk Factor? (JAMA Psychiatry / The Mental Elf)

Summary Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing was used to analyse potential associations between markers of socioeconomic status (wealth quintiles and the index of multiple deprivation) and the incidence of dementia. It appears that dementia incidence is associated with low levels of … Continue reading

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Alcohol Consumption in Moderation Perhaps Not Too Harmful: Some Neuroprotective Benefits? (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices / Heart)

Summary New evidence suggests that moderate levels of alcohol consumption (drinking between 7 – 14 units of alcohol per week) results in a lower level of risk for developing dementia, when compared to the dementia risk for either heavy drinkers … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Updated Projections for the Dementia Time-Bomb in England and Wales to 2040 (BMJ)

Summary A recent study by researchers University College London (UCL) and the University of Liverpool attempting to assess the future societal burden of dementia (sometimes termed the “Dementia Timebomb”) predicts the number of people living with dementia in England and Wales could … Continue reading

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Physical Activity in Midlife May Not Reduce Risk of Developing Dementia: No Harm in Trying (BMJ)

Summary The general consensus in the literature has tended to suggest that mid-life physical activity is typically beneficial, in part as a lifestyle choice which is likely to contribute to a reduced risk of developing cognitive decline and / or … Continue reading

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On the Benefits of Supportive Social Networks (Journal of Alzheimers Disease)

Summary Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) has been used to demonstrate that positive social support from friends, family etc. is associated statistically with a reduced risk of developing dementia. Conversely, negative social support appears to increase … Continue reading

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