Social Activity in 60s May Cut the Risk of Developing Dementia by 12%

Recent research from the United Kingdom examined the link between social activity and dementia and found that social contact at the age of 60 may decrease the risk of developing dementia by 12% later on.Social Activity in 60s May Cut the Risk of Developing Dementia by 12%

A team of researchers performed a retrospective analysis of the study Whitehall II which included 10,308 participants who were from 35 to 55 years old at the beginning of the study. The participants were followed for 28 years.

The first corresponding author of the study Andrew Sommerlad, Ph.D., from the Division of Psychiatry at University College London (UCL), says: “We've found that social contact in middle age and late-life appears to lower the risk of dementia. This finding could feed into strategies to reduce everyone's risk of developing dementia, adding yet another reason to promote connected communities and find ways to reduce isolation and loneliness.”

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