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Researchers Confirm Attitude toward Aging Can Have a Direct Effect on Cognitive Ability


January 29, 2016—Negative attitudes to aging affect both physical and cognitive health in later years, new research reveals. The study from the Irish Longitudinal Study on aging (TILDA), at Trinity College Dublin, further reveals that participants with positive attitudes towards aging had improved cognitive ability.

Speaking about the findings, lead researcher Deirdre Robertson commented: "The way we think about, talk about and write about aging may have direct effects on health. Everyone will grow older and if negative attitudes towards aging are carried throughout life they can have a detrimental, measurable effect on mental, physical and cognitive health."

Principal Investigator of TILDA, Rose Anne Kenny, added: "Researchers and policy makers can work together to develop and implement societal-wide interventions to target attitudes and perhaps, ultimately, find novel ways of maintaining health in later life."

Key findings:

Data from TILDA provides a unique opportunity to study attitudes towards aging as it tracks health changes over time in a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling older adults.

These latest findings have important implications for media, policymakers, practitioners and society more generally. Societal attitudes towards aging are predominantly negative. Everyone will grow older and if these attitudes persist they will continue to diminish quality of life.



"Negative perceptions of aging modify the relationship between frailty and cognitive function," Deirdre Robertson and Rose Anne Kenny.. Personality and Individual Differences 2015. Doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.010



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