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Proof that Positive Age Beliefs Can Protect Against Dementia

posted Fri, Feb 9, 2018   by PLOS ONE

A recent study now offers proof that positive age beliefs can have a substantial impact on a person’s risk of developing dementia. The study's results show a 50% reduced risk among older adults with a positive attitude toward aging compared to those with negative age beliefs. This statistic includes those who carry the ε4 variant of the APOE gene, which is one of the strongest known risk factors for the disease. These findings help make the case for implementing public health campaigns against ageism to combat negative age beliefs.

 

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