Did you know that married couples are less likely to develop dementia than other adults? According to Drs. Liu, Zhang, Choi and Langa, all unmarried groups of people (i.e., divorced, widowed, single, etc.) had significantly higher odds of developing dementia than their married friends.
The researchers from Michigan State, University of Michigan and Texas Tech University, studied more than 15,000 participants aged 52 or older in a longitudinal study conducted between 2000 and 2014 in the United States. Published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B in the summer of 2019, the researchers concluded the correlation between married couples and less instances of cognitive decline due to various types of dementia.
What does this mean for you? Well, perhaps divorce, living alone or even co-habitating are not the best alternatives. “Put a ring on it” as Beyoncé would say!
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