Video: Why do you remember in detail events from your childhood, yet can’t recall what you had for breakfast? Maltese dementia expert explains

Teacher and dementia studies researcher Professor Charles Scerri has explained there are many factors that place a person at greater risk of dementia, and about which, unfortunately, nothing can be done – among which age and gender.

“Dementia is more common in females than in males. If there is dementia in the family, there is a slight risk of your also getting it in the future.”

In an extensive interview with tvm.com.mt, Professor Scerri spoke about various risks linked to this condition, which affects not just the afflicted person but also numerous relatives and friends.

Professor Scerri explained that other risks are heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension; one should also avoid repeated knocks to the head, the wrong diet, lack of mental and physical exercise, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

Asked about how one recognises the onset of dementia, Professor Scerri stated that the first symptoms include a person not remembering what he or she had for breakfast, yet having a total recall of childhood events.

“This happens because the first zone coming under attack in the brain is that which inputs new information. And because this is degenerating, it dies off slowly, the information being passed to it by the person is not entering strongly enough into the brain, and therefore this person cannot remember it,” Professor Scerri explained.