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Loneliness most likely associated with Alzheimer’s

Author: Wendy Qiu, MD, PhD, et al. Source: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Associations of loneliness with risk of Alzheimer’s disease dementia in the Framingham Heart Study
Middle-aged people who are persistently lonely appear to have nearly twice the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports.
However, if you take steps to counteract your loneliness, you could actually reduce your risk of dementia, the researchers found.
The risk of dementia increased 91% in those who reported feelings of loneliness that persisted in two separate health exams taken a few years apart at midlife (45 to 64 years), according to findings published March 24 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia magazine .
But if people felt lonely on the first exam but not the next, their risk of dementia dropped by 66%, the study found.
It could be that people who can recover from loneliness are more psychologically resilient and may respond better to age-related brain changes, said lead researcher Dr. Wendy Qiu, a professor of psychiatry at the University’s School of Medicine. from Boston.
“Some people, when they feel lonely, they can do things like exercise more or go out socially. They do something about it. They have their families and friends who come to visit,” Qiu said. “That is why they are alone and next time they will not feel alone.”


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