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Study: Marriage and Partnership Lowers Alzheimer's Risk

July 30, 2008

A new study suggests certain lifestyle factors, such as being married, lowers your risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease.

Those in the study who were married or lived with a significant other in midlife lowered their risk of developing the disease by 50 percent.

An official from the local Alzheimer's Association chapter talked about the study Wednesday, "Social interaction is so critically important. There's not a more intense social interaction than there is in a marriage or in a partnership relationship," said Sue Friedman.

Another psycho-social factor that may lessen one's chance of developing the disease or dementia--worrying.

The study says people who have a tendency to repeatedly think or worry about their problems lower their risks because they are constantly engaging their minds, and remembering what they are worrying about.

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