There Is A Link Between Loneliness And Dementia In Patients

newsBel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on a new study that says there is a link between loneliness and dementia in patients.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (, current lifestyles around the world have influenced the incidence of loneliness and indirectly, forgetfulness. The rapidly increasing size of the aging population has resulted in the establishment of elderly care facilities, in which aging parents are placed under the care of healthcare personnel.

According to the recent medical report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the concept of loneliness in relation to forgetfulness is not simply the act of living alone or in isolation. In their report, loneliness is defined as the lack of social interaction or engagement and thus, an individual living with a big family may also feel lonely if he or she does not interact well with co-inhabitants. At the same time, it may also be possible for people living alone to engage in social interactions outside the home and thus, these individuals do not feel any form of isolation and loneliness.

As the Bel Marra Health article reads, the researchers of the study describe loneliness as a behavioral response of being accepted by the family, spouse, friends, or co-workers. It is actually a natural response for a person to feel distressed if the people they are interacting with are dissatisfied with their company. Loneliness may thus lead to insufficient stimulation of the brain, facilitating the development of dementia. The report has also emphasized that loneliness may be defined in terms of quantity and quality of interaction with other people. A lack of social interactions may thus impart a feeling of loneliness in an individual, as well as a negative outcome from an interaction with another individual.

The researchers of the study carefully explained that the feeling of being lonely, and not being alone, has been associated with a higher chance of dementia or memory loss among the elderly. In addition, the researchers also emphasized that this specific risk factor for forgetfulness is independent of other conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “This report may help physicians and other healthcare personnel in understanding the connection between forgetfulness and loneliness and identify elderly individuals who are vulnerable to this medical condition. It may also be possible to design intervention programs for the elderly that would improve their quality of life during ageing and possibly prevent memory loss.”

(SOURCE: “J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.”, Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL). Dec 10, 2012)

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