Cognitive impairment can be caused by aging, illness, emotional stress, depression, medications or other unknown factors. It can be difficult to assess accurately, even for medical professionals.
Dementia is a gradual deterioration of intellectual faculties and memory, usually due to an organic disorder of the brain.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders in which progressive destruction of brain cells leads to increasingly severe decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning.
Approximately 4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This number is expected to grow substantially as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age.
Symptoms typically begin with difficulty remembering new information, then progress to greater and greater disruptions in memory, reasoning, judgment, and personality.
Affected individuals gradually lose the ability to perform customary daily activities and self-care, becoming bedridden in the final stages of the disease.
A cognitive assessment evaluates short-term memory, long-term memory, attention span, ability to reason, ability to use good judgment and awareness of time and place.
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