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optimist lowers your risk of dementia

Countryboy

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People with optimistic spouses are less at-risk for dementia because their partners encourage healthy habits and share stronger memories with them, study finds

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard found people with optimistic spouses have less cognitive decline and memory loss

They think that happier partners also tend to have better habits

People are more likely to pick up their partner's habits - good or bad


They also found people could recall more detailed memories when they were shared with a partner

By NATALIE RAHHAL ACTING US HEALTH EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 21:44, 11 February 2020 | UPDATED: 00:58, 12 February 2020

People with happy and optimistic partners will live healthier lives and may even be protected against dementia, suggests a new study.

Researchers say people who spend their lives with a partner who has a sunny outlook had lower risks for Alzheimer's disease, dementia and cognitive decline as the grow old together.

They believe that an optimistic partner may help develop a healthier lifestyle by encouraging things like eating a salad or exercising together.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality, followed more than 4,000 heterosexual couples for up to eight years.

People who were married to optimists fared better cognitively as their lives went on, and the researchers from Michigan State University and Harvard University think it may be because their home environments were healthier and less stressful.
 

Knitandpurl

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My husband has dementia, PCA, he was diagnosed in early 2018, we both try to be optimistic and to make the best of what we’ve got(obviously some days that’s easier than others), but we both believe that that has helped. In some ways he is better than he was when he was first diagnosed though his eyesight, memory and thinking capacity have all deteriorated. But we enjoy life more and emotionally and socially are coping better than we were in 2018.
 

Lawson58

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People with optimistic spouses are less at-risk for dementia because their partners encourage healthy habits and share stronger memories with them, study finds

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard found people with optimistic spouses have less cognitive decline and memory loss

They think that happier partners also tend to have better habits

People are more likely to pick up their partner's habits - good or bad


They also found people could recall more detailed memories when they were shared with a partner

By NATALIE RAHHAL ACTING US HEALTH EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 21:44, 11 February 2020 | UPDATED: 00:58, 12 February 2020

People with happy and optimistic partners will live healthier lives and may even be protected against dementia, suggests a new study.

Researchers say people who spend their lives with a partner who has a sunny outlook had lower risks for Alzheimer's disease, dementia and cognitive decline as the grow old together.

They believe that an optimistic partner may help develop a healthier lifestyle by encouraging things like eating a salad or exercising together.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality, followed more than 4,000 heterosexual couples for up to eight years.

People who were married to optimists fared better cognitively as their lives went on, and the researchers from Michigan State University and Harvard University think it may be because their home environments were healthier and less stressful.
That also fits the reverse that people who are carers for people with dementia have a higher risk of developing the disease themselves. Cheerful thought.