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Losing a spouse late in life linked to cognitive decline

NEW YORK: Older adults who lose a spouse may be more vulnerable to cognitive decline in subsequent years and require extra support and monitoring, researchers say. In the study of nearly 7,000 middle aged and older men and women, cognitive functioning declined over time for everyone, but it degraded slightly more and slightly faster for those who had been widowed, regardless of whether they remarried. At the same time, having a high level of education or at least one living sibling appeared to protect against the…