Marriage may help reduce risk of dementia

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Getting and staying married may lower your risk of mental decline as you age.

Researchers looked at previous studies on dementia and marital status. They found people who were married had a forty percent lower risk of developing dementia than those who were single.

Also, people who were widowed had a higher dementia risk, but people who were divorced did not.

Researchers say this does not prove marriage is the sole reason behind the dementia risk decline, but do say other research has linked marriage to a variety of health benefits.