Having a partner in mid-life may delay cognitive impairment in later life

According to a new study, people who live alone in middle age (mean age 50.4) are twice as likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease in later life, at ages 65-79, than those living with a partner. Among the 2,000 participants, those who were widowed or divorced in mid-life and still so at follow-up had a three times greater risk compared with married or cohabitating people. Those who have the apoE-4 gene, a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and remained living alone since mid-life had the greatest risk.

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