Friday, January 30, 2009

Party on, Gramps!

Alzheimers and dementia are no laughing matter, but in addition to other non-intuitive treatments, this unusual advice may be just the ticket:
This is from a new report in the medical journal Neurology, which tracked some 500 senior Swedes, none of whom had been previously diagnosed with dementia. The study lasted six years; by the end, about a third had developed dementia. What was (perhaps) surprising was that folks with more active social lives were about 50% less likely to develop those symptoms.
It appears likely, based on this study, that there are some significant environmental and lifestyle factors that play roles in dementia; that's good news, since these are things we can (at least to an extent) control.
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