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Regular meetups with friends could reduce dementia risk

According to new research, seeing friends regularly when in your fifties and sixties significantly reduces your risk of developing dementia in later life.

The study was conducted by the University College London and used the data of more than 10,000 people tracked since 1985. Those in the study were asked six times overall how often they socialised with friends and family. Researchers concluded that people aged 60 who met up with friends almost daily were 12% less likely to develop dementia than those who only socialised every couple of months.


How can socialising reduce dementia risk?


Whilst there has been links drawn between socialising and dementia risk before, this is “the most robust evidence to date" according to a statement released by the University.

Professor Gill Livingston, a senior author of the report, says that the link is likely due to the fact that socialising engages skills such as memory and language. Developing these skills could mean you are better able to cope with the effects of age and delay symptoms of dementia from appearing. Socialising is also tied to a more physically active lifestyle and can be good for mental wellbeing, which have both also been linked to reducing the risk of dementia.


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At Burley’s Home Care, we understand how important it is to ensure our clients remain active, both mentally and physically. Our home carers are very friendly and will make your loved one feel at ease, helping to relieve feelings of loneliness by providing companionship either part of full-time.

Whether you need a regular companion for your loved one to talk to or someone to help your loved one to and from their own social appointments, our team of experienced home carers can fulfil all requirements. We also have carers who specialise in dementia care, so if you require additional support, we can help. Contact us to find out more.