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Being calm and relaxed 'may lower

dementia risk'
Dementia may be more of a risk for people who are frequently anxious and
shy

Dementia may be more of a risk for people who are
frequently anxious and shy, new research suggests.

The personalities and lifestyles of 506 older people were
assessed and monitored for six years by scientists, who found that during that time 144
developed Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Being easily stressed and socially isolated also appeared to increase the chances of
mental decline, whereas the opposite was found with outgoing, calm people, the study
showed.

Study leader Dr Hui-Xin Wang, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, said:
'In the past, studies have shown that chronic distress can affect parts of the brain, such as
the hippocampus, possibly leading to dementia, but our findings suggest that having a
calm and outgoing personality in combination with a socially active lifestyle may
decrease the risk of developing dementia even further.'

A questionnaire designed to see how extrovert, emotionally stable, calm, negative or
anxious volunteers were also examined how much they got involved in leisure or social
activities.

The journal Neurology published the results, which showed that people who were calm
and relaxed were 50% less likely to develop dementia than those who were isolated and
easily stressed.

Dr Hui-Xin Wang added: 'The good news is, lifestyle factors can be modified as opposed
to genetic factors which cannot be controlled. But these are early results, so how exactly
mental attitude influences risk for dementia is not clear.'

Ref: www.nursingtimes.net, published 20 January 2009 11:31
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Reference: www.nursingtimes.net, published 20 January 2009 11:31