Research is now showing that there’s another, somewhat unlikely, variable in the prevention of dementia later in life. Men, if you want to stave off dementia, make sure you marry an intelligent woman.
Lawrence Whalley, a professor of mental health at the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, shared his theories and scientific discoveries at the Oxford Literary Festival earlier this month. He reported that men with intelligent partners are statistically less likely to develop dementia later on in their lives.
“The thing a boy is never told he needs to do if he wants to live a longer life – but what he should do – is marry an intelligent woman,” Whalley tells TV3. “There is no better buffer than intelligence.”
We already know that doing things like crossword puzzles can be mentally stimulating and in prevention, but that’s not the only factor. What this all boils down to is that men who have a partner that mentally challenges them can help prevent dementia from setting in.
There are other things that Whalley reported finding as having the opposite effect. For instance, men who lose their mothers before the age of five are more likely to develop dementia later in life than those with a normal upbringing and stable childhood environment.
So, there you have it, guys. If you didn’t think marrying a smart lady before was important, think again!