If you are suffering from chronic stress, you may be at increased risk for dementia. Lena Johansson, PhD, a researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Moindal, Sweden, reported on a study of 800 women over a period of nearly 40 years. The research found that midlife significant stress such as loss of a child, divorce, widowhood or mental illness in a loved one was a predictor of developing Alzheimer's disease. In fact, 21% of those experiencing midlife stress were more likely to develop dementia.
Researchers believe that stress may cause functional and structural changes in the brain. These changes may last for years after the stressful event.
If you are experiencing midlife stress, use tools to deal with the stress. Check this blog for tools for dealing with stress including yoga, psychotherapy and meditation. Hypnosis can be a valuable tool to deal with stress and help to protect you from the risk of dementia and BE WELL.