It's all about the money. Scientists discover another early sign of dementia

It's all about the money. Scientists have found another early warning sign of dementia

A new study shows that older people who exhibit unexpected altruism should be of concern.

Scientists from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA, have found that older people who give money to strangers may not actually be altruists, but they simply show the first signs of dementia, according to the Daily Mail.

A study by scientists has shown that the incredible generosity of older people, when they can give money to strangers, is a sign of the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have found that such older people do worse on cognitive tests and their relatives should pay more attention to the health of older members of the family.

“There have already been theories that said that due to the deterioration of mental health, older people may suffer from scammers and give them their money more often. Now we have confirmation of this theory, “says Duke Khan from the University of Southern California.

 It's all about money. Scientists have discovered another early sign of dementia

Study results

The new study involved 67 older Americans with an average age of 70. The scientists wanted to test how people would manage their money when they were around strangers. The study participants also underwent tests to assess their cognitive state and the presence of Alzheimer's disease risks.

The results of the experiment showed that those older people who had worse indicators of cognitive state and had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease were ready to give more of your money to strangers.

“We have proven that there is a link between early onset of dementia and unreasonable generosity to strangers,” Khan says.

According to scientists, if you think your elderly relative has become more generous with age, you should consider whether this is due to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Being generous is not a bad thing, but it can still be a sign of illness

“Of course, we are not saying that being generous is bad. There is a possibility that some people really become great altruists with age and they have a desire in this way, giving money to strangers, show your generosity,” Khan says.

 It's all about the money. Scientists have found another early sign of dementia

Given the small sample size of the study, more experiments need to be conducted with more respondents to further explore the link between cognitive decline and increased generosity in the elderly.

It is known that the elderly are the main targets of financial scammers, because their perception of the world and the people around them changes with age. Therefore, older people often part with their money when they are approached by completely unfamiliar people.

Therefore, scientists still recommend paying attention to the change in the behavior of their elderly relatives, especially when it comes to attitudes towards money.

Focus already wrote that there are several simple ways, using which you can practically reduce the risk of dementia for a widow.

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