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Donít Stress About Mid-Life Stress

A Swedish study which has followed 800 women aged 38 and up since 1968 has found a link between mid-life stress in women and the increased risk of getting Alzheimerís disease. Stressors like divorce, death of a loved one and caregiving tend to overwhelm women in midlife. Moreover the lead author of the study, Lena Johannson from the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology in Gothenburg University in Sweden, claims that the same probably holds true for men.

Having read this study, I feel the doom of yet another Alzheimerís predictor: Chronic stress. For who at mid-life can possibly live stress-free, untouched by the realities of daily living which include loss and grief? This study is stressing me out!

The best way to deal with this distressing news is to learn how to cope and maximize brainpower.Stay tuned for more updates as research into Alzheimerís prevention and treatment takes many twists and turns. Meanwhile donít get stressed about the potent role that stress plays in triggering memory problems and cognitive decline. Use this information to start living!

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