Relationship between adolescent personality and risk for dementia

Takeaway

  • Personality in adolescence has the potential to be an independent risk factor for dementia by age 70.

Why this matters

  • A high-neuroticism and low-conscientiousness personality is associated with dementia in older adults; however, it is unknown if these traits are present in adolescence and are risk factors for dementia.

  • Understanding the predictive relationship between personality and dementia may lead to earlier detection and treatment of dementia, and ultimately improvements in clinical outcomes.