A study recently published in the British Medical Journal reports that those who live with a partner during their retirement years? have approximately half the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease as those who live alone.
The study also suggested that individuals who are isolated from loved ones, such as those who lose a spouse, might have higher chances of developing the disease.
Because the aging baby boomer population is at risk for developing the condition, preventative memory care may bring significant benefits.
Active living seniors who wish to feel a connection with the world around them could volunteer at local community centers or hospitals, or be a mentor to an underprivileged child. Not only will their contributions benefit the community, but the bonds they form may safeguard their health.
According to the Mayo Clinic 5 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half the people over the age of 85 require Alzheimer's care.