“Stressful experiences can age brain ‘by years’, Alzheimer’s experts hear,” The Guardian
“Stressful life experiences can age the brain by several years, new research suggests. Experts led by a team from Wisconsin University’s school of medicine and public health in the US found that even one major stressful event early in life may have an impact on later brain health.
Stressful life experiences included things such as losing a job, the death of a child, divorce or growing up with a parent who abused alcohol or drugs. The results showed that a larger number of stressful events was linked to poorer cognitive function in later life.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
If the findings from this article are correct then an awful cycle ensues: Alzheimer ’s disease leads to caregiver stress, which in turn leads to increased risk of greater cognitive decline. Repeat and continue.