It is commonly believed socializing is beneficial for a senior’s mental and emotional health. Researchers with the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied the link between Alzheimer’s and loneliness and published their findings in the November 2nd, 2016 issue of The JAMA Network Journals. They found seniors who isolate themselves may be exhibiting the first signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia. The study looked at 89 seniors who lived in the Boston area and found those who reported feeling lonely had a higher level of amyloid in their brains. Many scientists believe the buildup of amyloid in the brain causes Alzheimer’s. This protein causes blood vessels to stick together and inhibits signals from clearly passing through them. According to researchers, seniors who reported feeling lonely were more likely to have amyloid in their brains. Based on this information, doctors could start examining seniors’ mental health for changes on a regular basis. Ft. Lauderdale Alzheimer’s care experts suggest taking the following steps to engage a senior loved one in social activities.