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Having early dementia may be a good thing

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October 25th, 2016

University of Kentucky study of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early dementia has shown that it may have a positive effect on some of them.

A group of scientists administered a questionnaire originally developed for cancer patients called the Silver Lining Questionnaire (SLQ) to 48 men and women with these diagnoses. The SLQ measures how people feel about their quality of life and personal outlook after they’ve been diagnosed.

Positive scores

To their surprise, researchers found almost half of the patients had positive scores on the test. Their scores were particularly high on questions that measured appreciation and acceptance of life, concern about failure, self-reflection, tolerance of others, courage to face problems in life, strength of relationships, and meeting new people. 

Although the study had a small set of participants, the researchers believe the results could be used to discover which variables contribute to the patients’ positive outlook with an eye toward developing ways to help people with a negative outlook change their thinking.