Good family support can help prevent dementia

May 6 2017 - 8:22am

Researchers have found that there is an association between good quality support systems and decreased risk for dementia.

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There is an association between good quality relationships and a lower risk of dementia

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It has been reported by the University of East Anglia via NeuroscienceNews.com that there is an association between good quality relationships and a lower risk of dementia. It seems that when adult children offer their elderly parents positive social support there is a decreased risk of dementia in the elderly. And in reverse there is an increased risk of dementia associated with negative social support.

Poor relationships or social connections can work in reverse

A senior lecturer in medical statistics at University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, Dr Mizanur Khondoker, has commented that it has been well understood that a rich network of close relationships is associated with a lower risk of experiencing cognitive decline and getting dementia. Being married and having supportive adult children offer a rich social network. Poor relationships or social connections can work in reverse and have a negative effect on both the physical and mental health of elderly people. Old people may pay a price for having to cope with intense interpersonal stress.

University College London has said there has been increasing evidence of the importance of social relationships for cognitive health in elderly people. It is essential to work on improving social relationships of older people. Many older people are left isolated and lonely in this world and clearly that is not healthy.

This study has been published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers have found that there may be a lower risk of developing dementia with a network of close relationships. When kids offer their parents positive social support the benefits are generally substantial for overall well being.

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