Forget cuffing season and ditch dementia risks

In 2017 Millennials Issue
(Gabe Gandara / Daily Titan)

‘Tis the season for love. Unfortunately, ‘tis also cuffing season.

For those who don’t know what cuffing season is, Urban Dictionary defines it as: The time of year, specifically between Halloween and Valentine’s Day, when people who don’t particularly want a significant other are enticed by the cold weather and seasonal love to find a partner for a short period of time.

However, If you don’t want dementia, get yourself someone to hold onto longer than three months, because It’s been medically proven that having a partner later in life decreases the chances of developing the terrifying illness.

According to the British Medical Journal, not being married or having a significant other has a noticeable impact on the risk of developing dementia later in life.

With more than 800,000 participants, the study comes to the conclusion that older single or widowed people are susceptible to developing the disease, more than those with a partner.

While these results are purely observational and could just be a trend of the current elderly generation, it’s still a significant study that could give some insight into the benefits of being in a serious relationship, compared to the fickle trend that millennials have picked up.

Yes, it’s not like someone can walk over to Big Lots and pick up a partner, but the study could be a wake-up call for those who are as opposed to the idea of marriage as the youth of this generation is.

Especially those that are in full-fledged cuff mode.

It seems like millennials are looking to ride that train in the future if the study proves true.

In a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, it was revealed that compared to past generations, millennials are increasingly turning down the idea of settling down.

In 1976, 57 percent of women were married between ages 20 and 24. In 2014, that number was 17 percent. It’s no surprise that the temporary cuffing going on in winter is so appealing to youths.

However, with an unprecedented number of millennials refusing the traditions of marriage, the BMJ study can be a good indication for why cuffing might not be the best situation in the long run.

The study does suggest that marriage isn’t the only solution to being at risk for dementia. Having a healthy lifestyle and biological background are huge, obvious factors that weigh in on the likelihood of someone having the disease.

The highlight of the study simply shows that having another person in your company keeps the brain in good working order and makes it stronger through dealing with a relationship.

A healthier mind invariably leads to a healthy body.

Now, this doesn’t mean one should go out today and look for someone to spend the rest of his or her life with because it might prevent dementia. It just means that the trend millennials have presented in terms of marriage might not be the healthiest.

So instead of going out and finding someone to cuff because the weather is cold and the couch is warm, take these relationships seriously so you can look back on your life without having to scroll through Instagram to remember what happened.

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