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More research into Alzheimer's personality traits 'necessary'

More research into Alzheimer's personality traits 'necessary'
22nd January 2009

Scientists should take a different angle when addressing the issue of early onset dementia, a major British charity has advised.

Chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Society Neil Hunt stated that research should look at people earlier in their life and find out which traits can be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, as well as how this can be prevented.

Mr Hunt made his comments in response to a recent piece in the Journal of Neurology which investigated the role of lifestyle in the development of dementia.

He continued: "More research needs to be done into people's personality traits earlier on in life to find out whether it is the personality traits that are actually increasing the risk of dementia or whether they are [the first signs of] dementia."

The research this month, led by Dr Hui-Xin Wang of the Karolinska Institutet, found that people who have low neuroticism but high extraversion are the least likely to go into dementia care.

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