What are signs of cognitive impairment?

Dr. Oluwatoyin Thomas, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

The first sign of cognitive impairment is short-term memory loss. The individual may be forgetting details, such as dates and times of appointments - or perhaps repeating the same questions, comments or stories. He or she may be misplacing items. Everyday tasks such as taking medications and balancing a checkbook can be challenging. Essentially, you will begin to notice a decline from what previously was normal behavior. 

If you begin to see these signs, make sure the individual is evaluated to see what factors could be contributing to the short-term memory loss. There could be multiple causes like an illness, depression, untreated anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder.

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