Marriage may help stave off dementia

Lifelong singletons and widowers seem to be at heightened risk

Marriage appears to lower the risk of developing dementia, according to the available evidence.


A study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry shows that, compared with those who are married, lifelong singletons are 42% more likely to develop dementia.
Part of this risk might be explained by their poorer physical health, the researchers suggest.
However, they note that the most recent studies, which include people born after 1927, indicate a lower