Dementia is more than occasionally forgetting a name or a word
Dementia, which is not technically a disease but a term for impaired ability to think, remember or make decisions, is one of the most feared impairments of old age. The number of cases of dementia in the US is rising as baby boomers age.
As we age, we experience many physical and cognitive changes. Older people often have a decrease in recall memory. This is normal.
When you have troubles with memory — but they don’t interfere with your daily activities — this is called mild cognitive impairment. Your primary care doctor can diagnose it. But sometimes it gets worse, so your doctor should follow you closely if you have mild cognitive impairment.
The Washington Post has written a great overview article reminding us what exactly is dementia and what can one expect from it, what signs to look for and what to do next. You can reach the story here.
It is written by Laurie Archbald-Pannone and was first published on the 18 October, 2020.