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Housebound seniors more likely to develop Alzheimer's

A new study shows that seniors who are housebound have double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

April 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study shows that seniors who are housebound have double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers said their findings do not prove that being confined to the house causes dementia. However, their research does raise questions about the effects of isolation.

They said people who don't leave home are not using their minds as much, engaging with their environment and meeting new people.

But the scientists also said seniors who do not get out as much may be staying home because they have the beginnings of Alzheimer's or some form of dementia.