Older People Who Lose A Spouse May Be More Vulnerable To Cognitive Decline, Research Suggests.

Reuters (4/20, Crist) reported that research suggests “older adults who lose a spouse may be more vulnerable to cognitive decline in subsequent years and require extra support and monitoring.” Researchers found, “in the study of nearly 7,000 middle aged and older men and women, cognitive functioning declined over time for everyone, but it degraded slightly more and slightly faster for those who had been widowed, regardless of whether they remarried.” Meanwhile, “having a high level of education or at least one living sibling appeared to protect against the decline associated with widowhood.” The findings were published online March 26 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.