A new study out of Argentina says that stress may be the cause of the clinical onset of Alzheimer's.
A study of people with Alzheimer's - ave. age 73 - (and interviews with their relatives and caregivers) found that a whopping 72% had dealt with a major stresser over the previous 3 years. Only 26 percent of the control group had experienced the same types of stress, grief and sorrow during the time before the onset of symptoms.
The main stressers in the 72% were:
- 24 people lost a spouse or partner
- 15 people lost a child
- 21 people experienced a physical assualt or robbery
- 11 people experienced car accidents
Other stressers that were listed leading up to the illness:
- financial problems
- "pension shock"
- migration-related adaptive changes
- bereavement or diagnosis of a family member's severe illness
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