Children who experience early life adversity experience faster biological aging than children with no history of exposure to abuse. Trauma was associated with biological aging in early puberty, cellular aging, and alterations in brain structure. The findings may explain why children who experienced adversity early in life often suffer poor health as they age.
Experiencing adversity in childhood could influence cognitive performance in older age. Adults who had fewer years of education, economic hardships, and poor health during childhood were more likely to experience cognitive decline and memory problems later in life.