While there may not be any biomarkers for loneliness, there is an association between loneliness and Alzheimer’s disease, according to Dr. Nancy Donovan. Read the article here.
National Academy Committee releases report on social isolation and loneliness in older adults. Download report here.
Using data from the Harvard Aging Brain Study, Kelsey Biddle et al. found that being widowed was associated with accelerated beta-amyloid-related cognitive decline over three years. Cognitively unimpaired, widowed older adults were especially susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease progression, emphasizing the need for increased research attention and informed interventions for this vulnerable group. [Article] [CNN Article]