Indifference may be a sign of dementia

  Is apathy related to dementia? A recent study published in the journal Neurology showed that elderly people who lack interest in daily activities and are severely indifferent may be at greater risk of dementia.
  Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco investigated the degree of indifference among 2018 elderly people with an average age of 74. Related indicators include the willingness to participate in some daily activities. These people did not suffer from dementia at the beginning of the study. Nine years later, researchers looked at drug use records, hospital records, and cognitive test results to determine who had dementia.
  The results showed that at the end of the study, a total of 381 people had developed dementia. Among the less indifferent people, 14% had dementia; among the moderately indifferent people, 19% had dementia; and among the severely indifferent people, 25% had dementia. After adjusting for age, education and other factors that may affect the risk of dementia, the researchers found that people with severe apathy are 80% more likely to develop dementia than people who are less apathetic. Researchers pointed out that indifference may be an early sign of dementia. When the elderly no longer want to gather with family or friends, and are no longer interested in their hobbies, it may indicate that the elderly are at risk of developing dementia.