may be a early sign of dementia, reports Sterling Johnson, PhD.
Recent findings: Aspects of language are affected much earlier than previously believed.
Example: People who start to include more pauses and filler words such as “um” and “uh,” in their speech eventually could develop cognitive difficulties, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment of dementia-causing diseases typically is most effective when started early.
Source: Bottom Line Personal September 2017 Sterling Johnson, PhD, is a professor of psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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