Getting Married May Lower Your Chances Of Getting Dementia

A new study has found that getting married may actually lower your chance of being diagnosed with dementia. The 14-year study, which was  published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences found that divorced people have more than twice the odds for mental decline compared to married people. Divorced men have a 2.6 higher chance of developing dementia than married men, while divorced women have a 30 percent increased risk versus married women. Hui Liu, lead investigator and professor of sociology at Michigan State University said about the study, “There are a lot of theories about why marriage might be good for general health. Married people, of course, are financially better off than those who do not have a spouse,” she said. “But there are factors other than economics that play just as strongly into this. There’s the social psychology benefit.” The research followed more than 15,000 people age 52 and older. Participants showed no signs of dementia at the start of the study.