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Are Introverts More Likely to be Affected by Alzheimer's than Extroverts?

by Carole Larkin, Alzheimer's & Dementia Expert
August 21, 2014

Question: Does there seem to be a correlation between a personality type and people who get Alzheimer’s?

Answer: As far as I can tell, personality type has zero correlation to getting Alzheimer’s. It’s a biological disease not a psychiatric or psychological disease. Most current research points to beta amyloid plaques and tau tangles in neurons (brain cells) to be the biologic markers of the disease. These two are normal proteins that we have in our bodies, and that we need for our continued existence. For some reason, they go haywire and start killing brain cells. Research is trying to figure out why this happens and how to stop it or fix it.

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Carole Larkin MA, CMC, CAEd, QDCS, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. Her company, ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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