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  • Writer's pictureKaren McPhail, RN, BSN, MSN, CCM, CDP

Normal Aspects of Aging Versus Cognitive Impairment


Many older adults begin to worry if they forget something or have difficulty in finding the right word once in awhile. As we age however it is normal for many individuals to notice some changes in memory, attention, focus, and even mild word finding. These changes and normal aspects of aging certainly do not indicated that someone has dementia.


It is very normal to once in awhile temporarily forget someones name, misplace the keys, have to make a to do list, or even forget for a moment where you are going or what you were getting. So what changes do warrant further medical evaluation?

  • Showing a consistent and worsening pattern of memory loss especially of the short term memory.

  • Problems with communication and word finding challenges.

  • Confusion, hallucinations, agitation, parania, or disorientation.

  • Significant changes in judgement, reasoning, personality, or mood.

  • Challenges with planning, organizing, problem solving, reasoning, computations, reading, and in routine task completion.

  • Coordination, depth perception, and motor function challenges.

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