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Extrovert teenagers are less likely to develop dementia in old age than shy children, a study suggests (photo of the file)

Extrovert teenagers are less likely to develop dementia at an older age than shy children, a study suggests.

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Researchers registered the characteristics of 80,000 high school students in the 1960s and examined them with their health results more than 50 years later.

Teenagers who were extroverted and physically active turned out to be 7 percent less likely to develop memory theft disorder by the time they were 70.

The research team at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, believes that high-energy children are more able to sustain their physical activity later in life.

Extrovert teenagers are less likely to develop dementia in old age than shy children, a study suggests (photo of the file)

Extrovert teenagers are less likely to develop dementia in old age than shy children, a study suggests (photo of the file)

Outgoing youths also tend to have a busier social life, which prevents them from being lonely – a known cause of dementia – the academics say.

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Scientists currently do not know exactly why loneliness can lead to the condition.

However, they believe that social isolation can cause brain inflammation or give a person more chance to lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

Socializing can also be important to keep the mind busy in a way that promotes cognitive health.

The research team, led by Dr. Benjamin Chapman, also found that calm and mature behavior was 10% less likely to develop dementia in old age.

This, they say, is because they are better equipped physiologically to cope with stress, which is thought to accelerate the condition.

When you are stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol that affects memory.

The team also believes that this 10 percent risk-reducing figure becomes even higher if the student comes from a higher socio-economic background.

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On the other hand, adolescents struggling with financial problems face housing problems, money worries, and exposure to crime that could counteract the positive effects of their calm personality.

Teenagers who showed calm and mature behavior were 10% less likely to develop dementia by the time they were 70 years old (file photo)

Teenagers who showed calm and mature behavior were 10% less likely to develop dementia by the time they were 70 years old (file photo)

Teenagers who showed calm and mature behavior were 10% less likely to develop dementia by the time they were 70 years old (file photo)

Being an energetic and extroverted person also proved to improve the chance of avoiding dementia at an older age (file photo) by seven percent

Being an energetic and extroverted person also proved to improve the chance of avoiding dementia at an older age (file photo) by seven percent

Being an energetic and extroverted person also proved to improve the chance of avoiding dementia at an older age (file photo) by seven percent

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Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of progressive neurological disorders, that is, disorders affecting the brain.

There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common.

How to recognize Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and the ability to perform simple tasks.

It is the cause of 60 to 70 percent of cases of dementia.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Problems with remembering newly learned information
  • disorientation
  • Mood and behavioral changes
  • Suspicion about family, friends and professional caregivers
  • More serious memory loss
  • Difficulties with speaking, swallowing and walking
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Stages of Alzheimer's:

  • Mild Alzheimer's (early stage) – A person may function independently, but has memory problems
  • Moderate Alzheimer's (middle stage) – Usually the longest stage, the person can confuse words, become frustrated or angry or have sudden behavioral changes
  • Severe Alzheimer's disease (late stage) – In the final stage, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, have a conversation, and ultimately control movement.

The idea that personality traits and the presence of dementia is not new.

But so far it is not clear whether it is the disease that cultivates changes in someone's personality, or whether someone's personality can predict the development of dementia.

By using a sample of 54 years, Dr. Chapman, however, can conclude that the characteristics shown as a teenager reflect a person's risk of dementia as an adult.

He achieved this by collecting data from the 1960 Project Talent survey, where 5 percent of US high school students completed two days of questionnaires and tests about themselves.

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Of these 377,016 students, 82,232 have recently provided Medicare information, which means that Dr. Chapman was able to compare their current well-being with their personality test scores half a century ago.

During the 1960 exams, each student was ranked according to their social skills, sensitivity, impulsiveness, leadership, power (outgoing), calmness, cleanliness (organized), conscientiousness, culture, self-confidence and maturity.

The newspaper, published in JAMA Psychiatry diary, was called his own interest in discovering that personality can be used as a barometer for a person's likelihood of getting dementia.

Dr. Chapman and his team concluded: & # 39; Finally, the findings herein underline the importance of considering past social circumstances and personality in evaluating the risk of dementia, in addition to more recent information.

& # 39; Personality phenotype can be a truly independent risk factor for dementia by the age of 70, prior to nearly 5 decades and interaction with socio-economic conditions in adolescents. & # 39;

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? KILLER DISEASE ROBT SUFFERED BY THEIR MEMORIES

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of neurological disorders

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of neurological disorders

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of neurological disorders

A WORLDWIDE CARE

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of progressive neurological disorders, that is, disorders affecting the brain.

There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common.

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Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.

Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience his dementia in his own unique way.

Dementia is a global problem, but is most often seen in richer countries, where people are likely to live to very old ages.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?

The Alzheimer's & # 39; s Society reports that there are more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, more than 500,000 of whom have Alzheimer's.

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It is estimated that by 2025 the number of people with dementia in the UK will increase to more than 1 million.

In the US there are an estimated 5.5 million people with Alzheimer's. A comparable percentage increase is expected in the coming years.

As the age of a person increases, so does the risk of dementia.

The diagnoses are increasing but many people with dementia are still not diagnosed.

IS THERE A CURE?

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There is currently no cure for dementia.

But new drugs can slow their progress and the sooner it is noticed, the more effective are treatments.

Source: Alzheimer's & # 39; s Society

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