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Purpose in life can 'reduce risk of Alzheimer's'

Purpose in life can 'reduce risk of Alzheimer's'
3rd March 2010

A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry this month has concluded that a greater purpose of life can majorly reduce a person's chance of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers based in Chicago made their conclusion following an analysis of 951 older people who did not have dementia prior to the beginning of the study.

Those who were in the top ten per cent on the purpose of life scale were found to be around 2.4 times less likely to get Alzheimer's disease when compared to the lowest bracket, prompting the Alzheimer's Society to respond.

Andrew Ketteringham, the director of external affairs, said: "This study builds on previous research that suggests the way we live our lives can affect our risk of developing dementia.

"Scientists believe dementia is the result of a combination of lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors."

The expert reaffirmed the need for commitments from all political parties for a prioritisation of dementia research ahead of the election.

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