Being married halves your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers.
A study shows the importance of close companionship in midlife, with a 50 per cent lower rate of dementia affecting those who have a partner.
It found those who stay alone after divorce have a threefold risk of suffering Alzheimer’s in later life.
The 21-year study highlights a higher risk of developing memory and cognitive problems for all those who live alone, whether single, divorced or widowed.
Previous research has suggested social isolation or lack of personal contact carries an increased risk of dementia and mental decline, with U.S. experts claiming last year that lonely people were more likely to develop the degenerative brain disease in old age.
But the Swedish study is the first to look specifically at whether being married cuts the risk.
halve：將…減半。例句：The store halved its prices during the big sale.（大拍賣期間這家店的價格減半。）
highlight：使顯著、強調。例句：His speech highlighted the need for educational reform.（他的演講強調了教育改革的必要性。）
widowed：寡居的、喪偶的。例句：He was widowed at the age of 52.（他52歲時喪偶。）