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Personality Trait Linked to Risk of Developing Alzheimer's

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - CHICAGO, Oct. 2 -- A neat orderly mind augmented by a conscientious personality tends to resist Alzheimer's disease, researchers here found.

Self-disciplined and goal-directed persons who scored high on a standard measure of conscientiousness had an 89% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's than those with low scores, Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., of Rush University, and colleagues, reported in the October issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Conscientiousness was associated with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's, but not with the pathologic hallmarks of these conditions such as neurofibrillary changes, they said.

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