The Big Five

Angie SzumlinskiNews

There is some interesting research being conducted on whether personality can be a predictor of someone developing dementia in the future. Hmmmm, what does that mean? Well, scientists performed a study to determine the extent to which the Big Five personality traits and subjective well-being (SWB) could be predictors of dementia. What are the “big five” personality traits and subjective well-being?

Big Five Personality Traits:

  1. Extraversion
  2. Agreeableness
  3. Conscientiousness
  4. Neuroticism
  5. Openness to experience

Subjective Well-Being:

  1. Life satisfaction
  2. Positive affect
  3. Negative affect

The study found that people who are extroverted, conscientious and have a positive outlook may be at lower risk for developing dementia. People who score higher for neuroticism and have a negative outlook may be at increased risk of dementia. These results replicate evidence that personality traits may assist in early identification and dementia-care planning strategies.

Look at your residents and your staff. Are you encouraging positive attitudes, smiles, etc.? When we do, we may be assisting in preventing dementia in the future. Okay, that may be a little deep, but seriously, who doesn’t like to see a smiling face when they walk through your center? Trust me, it can’t hurt and maybe, just maybe it will help decrease the risk of dementia. Don’t worry, be happy! Stay well and stay informed!