Speech analysis: Looking back for early symptoms of dementia

An interesting approach to studying dementias! It also reaffirms that people can have symptoms of dementia years before they are noticed. AND that people with dementia can still hold jobs and contribute to society in a meaningful way – it is a long process of changes and people with dementia should not be automatically labeled as “unable.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Times’ website.

“The researchers found no changes in the speaking patterns of Mr. Bush, who is not known to have developed Alzheimer’s. But in Mr. Reagan’s speech, two measures — use of repetitive words, and substituting nonspecific terms like “thing” for specific nouns — increased toward the end of Mr. Reagan’s presidency, compared with its start. A third measure, his use of unique words, declined.”

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