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Date:7/31/2008

er than for married couples.

"This suggests two influencing factors social and intellectual stimulation and trauma," says Mr Hkansson. "In practice, it shows how important it is to put resources into helping people who have undergone a crisis. If our interpretation will hold, such an intervention strategy could also be profitable for society considering the costs for dementia care."

The new results were presented at the 2008 Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2008), the world's largest in the field, which is currently being help in Chicago. For more news, visit the conference press room at http://www.alz.org/icad/press_room.asp

Krister Hkansson can already see several interesting lines of inquiry leading from this study. "Does it matter, for instance, if the relationship is a happy one or not? And does it matter if someone has always intended to live a single life or not?"


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