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June 24, 2016 // By Stephanie Simon // Comments

Getting our Heads Around Talking about Alzheimer’s

Brain and Behavior // Neurodegenerative Diseases // Neurology

Lets talk imageA missed credit card payment.  Forgetting why you entered a room. Misplacing your keys. Not being able to remember someone’s name.

Sound familiar? Probably. Reason for alarm? Probably not.  These types of “slips” typically fall into the category of normal cognitive decline. Cognitive abilities are the mental skills you need to carry out any task from the most simple to the most complex. These include awareness, information handling, memory and reasoning. As we get older, our cognitive abilities gradually deteriorate as part of ageing.

But what about when memory issues become more significant? What if a loved one begins to show signs of mild cognitive impairment – an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline and the more-serious decline of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? 

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