The results of a 75 year long study have recently been published, and are showing some interesting links between a man’s childhood bond with his Mother and his likelihood to suffer from Dementia later in life.
The study was carried out by Harvard University and began in 1938, following 200 men through their lives and measuring key aspects of their health and psychological well being. The latest results (published in a book called “Triumphs of Experience“) are compiled by George E. Valliant, who reports on “all aspects of male life, including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use.”
[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength[/quote] The study shows that men in their 70’s were 3 times more likely to experience Dementia if they had not had a loving relationship with their mother in childhood. This correlation certainly needs further investigation to discover the cause of such a startling statistic.
In general, the results point to a positive confirmation that our lifestyles and the choices that we make for our own health and wellbeing are more important than many genetic factors or early experiences: “physical aging after 80 is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50”.