Feeling Lonely Linked to Dementia

Psych Central reports on a study linking subjective feelings of loneliness to the likelihood of dementia diagnosis. Both male and female subjects who said they were lonely were 2.5x more likely to develop the disease.

“The researchers suggest that loneliness may affect cognition and memory as a result of loss of regular use, or that loneliness could itself be a sign of emerging dementia, and either be a behavioral reaction to impaired cognition or a marker of undetected cellular changes in the brain.”

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