Changes in a person’s sense of humor may portend dementia

“This is another reason to pay attention to your humor. Others may think you’re going crazy.” Bill Chesnut. MD

Changes in a person’s sense of humor may portend dementia, study suggests

The CBS News (11/11, Cohen) website reports that changes in “a person’s sense of humor can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease” or other forms of dementia “and may start to emerge years before other symptoms,” according to a study involving 48 patients with dementia and 21 healthy people. Researchers found that “laughing at ‘frankly inappropriate’ moments, taking jokes literally or missing the point, and preferring childish or slapstick humor are some of the behaviors highlighted in the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Jama 11.11.15