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Calm and outgoing people 'less likely to get dementia'

Calm and outgoing people 'less likely to get dementia'
21st January 2009

People who act calmly and are outgoing in their day-to-day life are less likely to get young onset dementia, according to new research.

The study from Sweden, carried out at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, found that people who are less stressed are not as likely to need dementia care when they are older.

Despite the links discovered in the study led by Dr Hui-Xin Wang, it was warned that the findings alone do not clearly present reasons as to why this is the case, only that it is much more likely.

The report concluded: "Low neuroticism in combination with high extraversion is the personality trait associated with the lowest dementia risk; however, among socially isolated individuals even low neuroticism alone seems to decrease dementia risk."

Every year, the Nobel Assembly forms at the Karolinska Institute to present the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to the person who contributed the most to international health developments.

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