Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that many people would like to know the warning signs in order for early detection and treatment. The Tallahassee-based Florida State University College of Medicine has been studying the various personality changes among 2,000 different Alzheimer’s patients. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) was seen in approximately 5% of the patients who later developed dementia, and high levels of neuroticism actually increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
- Changes in personality and behavior described by caregivers for Alzheimer patients include loss of motivation, irritability, and moodiness.
- The study found that the personalities of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease remained stable until the onset of the disease.
- The study reinforced the hypothesis that certain personality traits are risk factors of Alzheimer’s rather than results of the disease itself.
“The longitudinal study followed these participants for 36 years, during which time the researchers looked for increased neuroticism, decreased conscientiousness, and other personality changes.”