Marriage may reduce the risk of developing dementia, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the Journal of Gerontology Series B. On the other hand, divorcees are about twice as likely as married people to develop dementia, the study indicated, with divorced men showing a greater disadvantage than divorced women. In one of the first studies of its kind, Hui Liu, professor of sociology, and colleagues analyzed four groups of unmarried individuals: divorced or separated; widowed; never married, and cohabiters. Among them, the divorced had the highest risk of dementia. ‘Marital status is an essential but overlooked social risk or protective factor for dementia.’Read More.. The study comes at a time when 5.8 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, costing $290 billion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. It's a serious public health concern, Liu said. "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," Liu said. "Marital status is an important but overlooked social risk/protective factor for dementia." Liu and her follow researchers analyzed nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study, from 2000 to 2014. The sample included more than 15,000 respondents ages 52 and older in 2000, measuring their cognitive function every two years, in person or via telephone. The researchers also found differing economic resources only partly account for higher dementia risk among divorced, widowed, and never-married respondents, but couldn't account for higher risk in cohabiters. In addition, health-related factors, such as behaviors and chronic conditions, slightly influenced risk among the divorced and married, but didn't seem to affect other marital statuses. "These findings will be helpful for health policymakers and practitioners who seek to identify vulnerable populations better and to design effective intervention strategies to reduce dementia risk," Liu said. Source: Eurekalert << Robotic Thread Crawls Through the Brain to Treat Stroke Physical Strengthening, Behavioral Therapy may Prevent Disab... >> Recommended Reading Most Seniors With Dementia Live at Home: Here’s Why Most seniors with dementia in the US live at home instead of nursing homes or residential facilities. Reasons for this are cost, the familiarity of home surroundings, and consistent living environment and caregivers. READ MORE Dementia can be Prevented in Asia and Latin America: Here’s How Dementia is more preventable in low and middle-income countries like Asia and Latin America. There is great potential in reducing the risk of dementia if certain modifiable risk factors are addressed. READ MORE Robots Understand a Dementia Patient’s Joy and Sorrow Robots are being developed that can understand the joys and sorrows of dementia patients and cater to their needs. The robots will be human-like and perform a variety of tasks to lessen the burden of caregivers. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Drug - Food Interactions Find a Doctor More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?