Midlife neuroticism linked to dementia

Women who worry and find life hard to cope with are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life, Swedish researchers report.

Their 38-year study involves 800 middle-aged women who completed a standard personality test in 1968. By 2006, around 20% of them had developed dementia, with those scoring highly at baseline for neuroticism being significantly more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.