At all ages the personal experience of chronic atopic eczema can lead to passive pessimism, a mindset that may need taking into account if treatment is going to be successful. Atopic eczema in the elderly has the added challenge of what psychologists call “age stereotypes”: beliefs that we all have about what it means to get old. Research shows that seniors who have a positive outlook on aging are healthier, and recover more quickly from illness.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that a negative attitude to old age is associated with less willingness to seek and accept help, slower recovery from illness and greater degrees of disability.
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