Distinguishing Cognitive Impairment From Normal Aging By JANE E. BRODY (NYT)

Who hasn’t struggled occasionally to come up with a desired word or the name of someone near and dear? But when are lapses not just signs of aging.

For millions with a neurological condition called mild cognitive impairment, lapses in word-finding and name recall are often common, along with other challenges like remembering appointments, difficulty paying bills or losing one’s train of thought in the middle of a conversation.  “Subtle forgetfulness, such as misplacing objects and having difficulty recalling words, can plague persons as they age and probably represents normal aging,”.

“The memory loss that occurs in persons with amnestic mild cognitive impairment is more prominent. Typically, they start to forget important information that they previously would have remembered easily, such as appointments, telephone conversations or recent events that would normally interest them,” like the outcome of a ballgame would a sports fan.

And this is why Distinguishing Cognitive Impairment From Normal Aging is becoming more important!

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