Negative Beliefs about Aging Could Contribute to Development of Alzheimer’s Disease, Say Yale Experts

Those who have negative impressions about aging could be more susceptible to changes in the brain connected to Alzheimer’s disease. These are the findings of a study conducted by experts from Yale University and published online in the journal Psychology and Aging.  “We believe it is the stress generated by the negative beliefs about aging that individuals sometimes internalize from society that can result in pathological brain changes,” says lead study author Dr. Becca Levy. “Although the findings are concerning, it is encouraging to realize that these negative beliefs about aging can be mitigated and positive beliefs about aging can be reinforced, so that the adverse impact is not inevitable.”

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