July 25, 2012

The Link: Social Isolation

1 Early Dementia in Elderly Boosts Death Risk

Older people who show early signs of dementia run a higher risk of dying than those with no mental impairment, according to research at New York's Einstein College of Medicine, and a significant factor may be withdrawal from social interactions leading to unattended medical conditions. The problem is that as cognitive skills decline, individuals leave their homes less, increasing the likelihood that symptoms of serious disease go unrecognized and untreated. The study found that over three years’ time, mentally unimpaired seniors in their 80s reduced their out-of-home time from 4.5 hours a day to 3.8, while those with impairment reduced theirs by three times as much, from 4.5 hours to just 2.4. Not coincidentally, the latter died during the study at three times the rate of the former.

More at Businessweek.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Gene Linked to Obesity and Dementia Risk

Tags: Alzheimers, Dementia, Dementia and Mortality, Dementia and Death Rate, Dementia and Social Withdrawal, Einstein College of Medicine

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