- Mild behavioural impairment is regarded as a pre-dementia syndrome
- New 35-question test searches for behavioural changes in people at risk
- Doctors would be able to identify if people are on course for Alzheimer’s
- Proposed scale could be used to help caregivers of dementia patients
A simple personality test could be used to detect the very early signs of Alzheimer’s, scientists claim.
Symptoms of mild behavioural impairment (MBI) – a condition which experts believe can predict the onset of dementia – could be diagnosed through a checklist, experts say.
Mood and behaviour changes happen before the typical memory loss issues of dementia patients and could indicate early stages of the disease, researchers believe.
And by filling out the questionnaire, doctors would be able to identify if people are headed in the direction of the devastating brain disease, according to Canadian experts.
They proposed a 35-question checklist for symptoms including repetitive behaviour, a lack of motivation and anxiety.
- Has the person lost interest in friends, family, or home activities?
- Is the person less affectionate and/or lacking in emotions when compared to her/his usual self?
- Has the person developed sadness or appear to be in low spirits? Does she/she have episodes of tearfulness?
- Has the person become more easily frustrated or impatient? Does she/he have troubles coping with delays, or waiting for events or for their turn?
Participants should only circle ‘yes’ if their behaviour has been present for at least six months and is unusual to them.
Severity is then measured on a scale from one to three, with three being the most dramatic change of symptoms and one the least.
Once all questions have been answered, the scores will be totalled by health professionals who will then determine how at risk a person is. Read full article…