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Being 'housebound' linked to Alzheimer's

Seniors who are 'housebound' may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

April 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Seniors who are 'housebound' have double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers say their findings don't prove that being confined to the house causes dementia, but their research does raise questions about the effects of isolation.

They say people who don't leave home aren't using their minds as much by engaging with their environment and meeting new people.

Scientists suspect that seniors who don't get out may be staying home because they have the beginnings of Alzheimer's or some form of dementia.