Supportive listening as a form of social support can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders

Takeaway

  • A cognitive resilience link exists between Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders vulnerability and a specific subtype of social support, supportive listening.

Why this matters

    Although supportive social networks are known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders by enhancing cognitive resilience, little is known about specific social support mechanisms. These important findings suggest that strategies to promote neurocognitive health should promote specific forms of social support, such as supportive listening in order to delay clinical onset of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders risk.