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Looking down on the elderly raises chance of heart attack
Young people who have a negative attitude towards old people are more likely later in life, when they themselves are grey and wrinkled, to have a stroke or heart attack. A negative view of old age works against you as you age, researchers at Yale School of Public Health discovered.
If your answers show that you regard elderly people as thinking slowly, no longer lucid, dependent on care, no longer able to take care of themselves, better off not having contact with young people, and that you do not feel at ease in their company, then you are a Negative Age Stereotype.
This study provided the Yale researchers with data from almost four hundred men and women, all of whom had completed the Attitudes Toward Older People Scale in 1968. They followed these participants until 2007.
Young people who have a negative attitude towards old age are more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke when they themselves are older. The researchers do not speculate about why this might be so.
"If an individual's age stereotypes became more negative by one point, the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event would increase by 11 percent. Conversely, if an individual's age stereotypes increased in positivity by two standard deviations on the age-stereotype scale, this would lead to an 80 percent reduction in the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event."