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Personality Trait Linked to Risk of Developing Alzheimer's

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points

o Explain to interested patients that higher levels of a personality trait called conscientiousness -- being self-disciplined and purposeful -- appeared linked to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

o Point out that conscientiousness was not directly linked to actual brain changes among individuals who died during the study.

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.

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/alzheimer-dementia/article/10168/58521

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