When it comes to avoiding age-related memory loss, your outlook about getting older might make a difference.
In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, people with mild cognitive impairment were 30 percent more likely to recover lost memory function when they had a positive attitude about aging than when they had negative feelings about getting older.
“I think there is an assumption that people who develop mild cognitive impairment are inevitably going to get worse,” says study coauthor Becca Levy, PhD, a professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut. “Half the people who develop mild cognitive impairment improve and regain normal cognition.”
The new study set out to explore why some people with mild cognitive impairment improve, while others do not.
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This information provided courtesy of EVERYDAY HEALTH By Lisa Rapaport.