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Are Actors Less Likely to Get Alzheimer's?

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Actors spend their lives rehearsing lines. Are they more or less susceptible to Alzheimer's as they use their memories a lot?
Mark, Sunbury on Thames

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**Definitive**
Name: Ellie, Muswell Hill
Qualification: Scientist working in Alzeimer's research
Answer: The line-learning will help them but the high stress levels of working in such an industry will counteract the beneficial effects. External stimuli can affect the onset of dementia - diet, lifestyle, stress levels - as well as genetics.


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