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According to a new study, forgetfulness like misplacing objects and repeating the same stories in old age is not always associated with dementia. More than 200 people over 70 years with little cognitive problems were studied by the researchers.

The findings revealed that 25% of them returned to normal after two years. People, who were creative, interested in new ideas, read a lot and travelled, were more likely to have their brains returned to normal functioning.

The study also suggested that other aspects like controlled blood pressure and no arthritis problems seemed to contribute in cognitive improvement. The study was published in the online journal PLoS One.

Perminder Sachdev, the lead author of the study and a professor of neuropsychiatry, said people who experience slight forgetfulness or slight behavioral changes should visit a doctor in order to take early preventive measures before the problem worsens.

People who suffer early symptoms are less likely to see a doctor as they think it is not serious enough or they may be scared of the diagnosis, Professor Sachdev added.

Alzheimer's Australia national research manager, Chris Hatherly, said, "It could be caused by degenerative disease leading to dementia but also by mental health problems, hormone changes or undiagnosed pain or stress".

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