New York: A new study found that married people are less likely to get dementia as they grow older.
On the other hand, the probability of divorce developing is about twice as high as that of married people with dementia, according to the study, among divorced men who are more at a disadvantage than divorced women.
"This research is important because the number of unmarried older adults in the US continues to increase, and as people live longer and their marriages become more complex, marital status is an important but overlooked social risk / protective factor for dementia," said Hui Liu, a professor at Michigan State University.
For the study published in The Journals of Gerontology, researchers analyzed nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study, 2000-201
Researchers analyzed more than 15,000 respondents aged 52 and over and assessed their cognitive function every two years.
They categorized These people are divided into four groups: divorced or separated, widowed, never married and roommate. Among them, the divorced had the highest risk of dementia.
The researchers also found that different economic resources are only partially responsible for a higher risk of dementia among divorced, widowed and unmarried respondents, but not for higher risk among roommates
Health factors such as behavior and chronic illness also influenced the risk for divorced and married people was small, but did not seem to affect others.