Latest news reports published have claimed that the use of pauses and filler words may be tied to mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s.
These findings have come from a study undertaken by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Study leader, Sterling Johnson has said, “What we’ve discovered here is there are aspects of language that are affected earlier than we thought.”
“The study involved getting people to describe a picture they were shown in taped sessions two years apart. Those with early-stage mild cognitive impairment slid much faster on certain verbal skills than those who didn’t develop thinking problems.”– Independant
Uming and Ahhing
This study shouldn’t panic those who find themselves uming and ahhing, or forgetting things small things now and again. The study conducted showed consistent forgetfulness and use of filler words over a long period of time.
Such speech trials could allow doctors to distinguish the early onset of dementia or whether it’s just old age, particularly with more tests carried out which can further support this study’s results.
What is Dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Source: Alzheimer’s Society
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia, accounting for around 62% of all diagnosed cases.
Who can get it?
850,000 people in the UK currently suffer from dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age. Dementia can however affect younger people too. There are more than 42,000 people in the UK under 65 with dementia. – Source: Alzheimer’s Society
What Causes It and Can It Treated?
Nobody really knows what causes Dementia. There’s many studies been conducted which have shown variables that could increase the risk or show the early signs of it’s development, yet the actual cause hasn’t been discovered. Scientists and alike believe however than many factors play a part in developing the disease, such as lifestyle, environment and genetics.
Recognizing the Signs
Becoming a little forgetful every now and again doesn’t instantly point to Dementia. As we age, so does our brain, reducing the speed of our reaction and memory processes. This can cause things such as occasionally forgetting a name mid sentence.
Although the signs of Dementia are forgetfulness, it’s also confusion, loss of direction, repetition, and changes in moods. When such signs appear and are occurring frequently it might be a good idea to consult a GP. Of course such signs can be down to other conditions such as stress or depression, but in someone that’s older it’s always best to get checked out.
How Careline Can Aid
A Careline alarm is perfect for anyone who could be vulnerable at home, including older people, disabled people, people with health problems and people at risk of violence or theft. Careline alarms are especially useful for people at risk of falling. Our red button pendants which are linked to an alarm system give the wearer the capability to activate the alarm whenever they require help. This might be if they have fallen or are stuck and need assistance.
The alarm system calls out to our 24/7 care team who will be able to assess the situation and get in touch with family/friends listed or in more serious cases the emergency services if necessary. You can find out more about our services on our website, and also how the alarm system works by reading one of our many useful articles.