Scientists have discovered yet another reason why people should get hitched. Being in a healthy marriage will drastically lower your risk of getting dementia. This debilitating brain disease reduces the ability of people over the age of 65 to think and recall information. It’s characterized by emotional problems, inability to express oneself and decreased motivation.
The Risk Increases in Single People
There is overwhelming evidence that marriage will reduce dementia risk. A paper presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International conference shows that single people have an increased chance of getting the brain disease by 42 %. A review of 14 related studies also indicated that the risk increased by a quarter in widowed persons. Divorced people, however, weren’t more likely to get dementia than those who are single.
Why the risk decreases in married individuals
The explanation for this is pretty simple. Married people receive more social support than their single counterparts. They are also likely to take care of their health to live a longer life with their partners. If they get dementia, their mental resilience will allow them to keep functioning for a longer time without displaying symptoms.
Married people generally stay healthy for a longer time as they are more financially secure. Two people obviously bring in more income than one person. If a single person is incapacitated by illness or termination, their spouse will support them financially as they recover. A single person, on the other hand, will only rely on their savings to get through hard times. This puts a lot of pressure on them, ultimately causing health problems like dementia.
If you are in love, get married. You will gain a lot by being in a healthy union. Several studies show that you are likely to live a healthier and longer life if you are married. If this doesn’t encourage you to propose, I don’t know what will.