How You Feel about Your Grandfather May Affect Your Brain Health Later in Life

ID-100288905New research from the Yale School of Public Health indicates that adults who believe the negative stereotypes associated with the elderly are a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

People who believed statements such as ‘old people cannot learn new things’ exhibited changes in their brains such as development of plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Other findings of the study were that the same group of people showed a greater diminishing of the volumes of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that deals with memory. The researchers found that a significant link between aging stereotypes and brain changes existed even after controlling for wellbeing.

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