Researchers out of Kumamoto University in Japan have recently mapped out communication patterns in people living with dementia. They found that often people with dementia communicate as if they have not forgotten or know exactly what is happening when they do no, as a way to “save face”, or academically referred to as “saving appearance responses”. The researchers looked at four different types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease with cerebrovascular disease, Lewy body dementia, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The occurrence of “saving appearance responses” was much higher in people with Alzheimer’s disease than the other types of dementia; 4.24 times higher than Lewy body dementia, and 3.48 times more likely than MCI. Lead researcher, Dr. Masateru, explains why this may occur; “The reason more SARs are seen in AD may be because even though the memory function of the brain is in decline, thinking and judgment abilities are barely compromised.” Further investigation hopes to understand the expression of “saving appearance responses” to identify and diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease earlier.
SOURCE: Science Daily; June 6, 2018; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180606093729.htm
DATE RETRIEVED: June 11, 2018