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Scientists Study Whether Stress Triggers Dementia

People who have mild cognitive impairment are at an increased risk of going on to develop dementia – although some will remain stable and others may improve. And past work

POSTED ON: July 2, 2012

People who have mild cognitive impairment are at an increased risk of going on to develop dementia – although some will remain stable and others may improve. And past work suggests mid-life stress may increase a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to UK experts about to begin a study to find out if stress can trigger dementia.

The investigation, full article here, is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and will monitor 140 people with mild cognitive impairment or “pre-dementia” and look at how stress affects their condition.

The article goes on to state that a Swedish study that followed nearly 1,500 women for a period of 35 years found the risk of dementia was about 65% higher in women who reported repeated periods of stress in middle age than in those who did not.

While there is always some level of stress in our lives, it is important to remember how this can affect our health in later life and do our best to reduce stress. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle can reduce stress; however, a holistic approach looks at all of the stress triggers in our lives to determine which ones can be solved. Creating an estate plan in one way to feel secure about your family’s future and reduce stress surrounding our fears of healthcare, taxes, and providing for those we love.

Procrastination around these areas, on the other hand, can lead to higher levels of stress and uncertainty, eventually culminating in an emergency situation. The Heritage Law Center is here is help you through the maze of estate planning options to secure your future and remove at least one source of stress from your life. Call us today for a free consultation.