Study Finds Divorcees Are More Likely to Develop Dementia Compared to Those Who Are Married

There’s something beautiful about growing old with a loving partner. The level of intimacy two people can reach with one another after decades of sharing their lives together is an unmatched simpatico. Now, a new study conducted at Michigan State University has found another big benefit to getting and staying hitched: married people may be less likely to experience dementia as they age.

Conversely, divorcees were at twice the risk as married individuals to develop dementia. Divorced men showed an even greater predisposition for dementia than divorced women.

The first part of the study analyzed four types of unmarried individuals; divorced / separated, widowed, never married, and cohabiters. Researchers discovered that the divorcees had the highest risk of dementia.

“This research is important because the number of unmarried older adults in the United States continues to grow, as people live longer and their marital histories become more complex,” head researcher Hui Liu says in a media release. “Marital status is an important but overlooked social risk/protective factor for dementia.”

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SOURCE: Study Finds, John Anderer