Does saying ‘I do’ … mean better than worse over the long term?

Does saying ‘I do’ … mean better than worse over the long term? Does saying ‘I do’ … mean better than worse over the long term?

January 17, 20181 min read

A recent review study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry links marriage to a lower risk for dementia in later life.

The difference is noteworthy. Among over 800,000 people included in the study, lifelong single people were 42% more likely to develop dementia than those who are married, while people who had been widowed were 20% more likely.

What does the presence or lack of a lifelong partner have to do cognitive decline? Do the psychological or social impacts of being married lead to living healthier lifestyles?

It’s a fascinating concept with many factors at play – that’s where our experts can help. The International Federation on Ageing's Expert Centre has several experts who can speak to this study and explain how being married can reduce your chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Simply click on one of their icons to arrange an interview.


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  • Prof. Linda Clare
    Prof. Linda Clare Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia

    Linda is known for pioneering the application of cognitive rehabilitation approaches for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

  • Dr. Anthea Tinker
    Dr. Anthea Tinker Professor of Social Gerontology

    Anthea Tinker's main areas of research interest are social policy and research ethics, specialising since 1974 in Gerontology.

  • Prof. Antony Bayer
    Prof. Antony Bayer Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Cardiff University

    Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Division of Population Medicine in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University

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