Need a boost to check match.com? According to a study published last November in Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry singles for life are 42% more likely to develop dementia than married men, while widowers are about 20% more likely. One of the reasons, according to the researchers, is that people who are not twinned may feel more lonely and depressed, which is a risk factor for dementia.
Regardless of your relationship status, make sure you have a lot of social support, according to Perlmutter. Spend time with friends, volunteer and stay generally involved in your community. Not only will you have a better chance to stay alert, but you will also be happier.