Mid-Life Stress and Dementia

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A 40-year Swedish study revealed that stressors during mid-life may result in dementia in late-life.

    A 40-year study of Swedish women linked mid-life stress to a heightened risk of dementia later in life.   Of the 800 women, one in five developed dementia including 104 cases of Alzheimer’s. The data showed that the number of stressors reported at the beginning of the study, such as divorce or unemployment, were associated with a 21% heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s and a 15% increased risk of any type of dementia.  Researchers suggested other studies are needed to look at whether stress management and behavioral therapy might help.