SOCIALIZATION

loneliness increases risk of dementia

A recent Florida State University College of Medicine study of 12,000 participants collected over 10 years confirms that loneliness can increase your risk of dementia by 40 percent.

The study shows that everyone is at risk regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or education.

"We are not the first people to show that loneliness is associated with increased risk of dementia," said Angelina Sutin, the principal investigator on the study. "But this is by far the largest sample yet, with a long follow-up. And the population was more diverse."

Positive indicators of social well-being may be associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 in otherwise healthy people. Interleukin-6 is an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer.

ways to socialize

  • Volunteer

  • join a group

  • take a class

  • religious activities

  • meals with friends

  • call friends & family

  • walk or hike

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