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Loneliness May Increase Dementia, Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Posted Dec 19 2012 12:00am

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has found that people who feel lonely are significantly more at risk for developing dementia .

The study, headed by Tjalling Jan Holwerda of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam , found that participants who reported feeling lonely, no matter how many friends and family surrounded them, were more likely to experience dementia than those who lived on their own, but didn’t feel lonely. The team focused on approximately 2,200 older adults living in Amsterdam, ages 65 to 86. None of the participants exhibited signs of dementia and none of them lived in facilities such as nursing homes. The researchers visited the elders two times over the course of three years. About half of them lived alone, with 20 percent reporting feelings of loneliness.

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