Low scam awareness in old age may be an early sign of impending cognitive decline and dementia

ScienceDaily | 4/15/2019 | Staff
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Identifying predictors of dementia and mild cognitive impairment is critically important, but which aspects of behavior to target remains unclear. Older adults frequently are targeted by con-artists and are highly vulnerable to scams and fraud, particularly those that are financial in nature. However, little is known about whether scam awareness predicts transitions from normality to mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Researchers from Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago asked 935 older persons to complete a "scam awareness questionnaire" when all were free from dementia to ascertain a scam awareness score. Over an average of 6 years of follow up, participants also completed traditional neuropsychological tests every year, and the 264 participants who died had an autopsy of the brain to look for the hallmarks of Alzheimer disease. The researchers found that low scam awareness was a harbinger of adverse cognitive outcomes. Low scam awareness was also associated with Alzheimer disease pathology in the brain. According to the researchers, these findings suggest...
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