Prof. Eli Mizrahi, a geriatrics and psychogeriatrics expert from the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, explains that memory disorders encompass two types of disorders. The first is a benign disorder, known as a ‘remembering’ disorder, where information is present in the brain but difficult to retrieve. This disorder is common as people age, and around one or two percent of those who experience this may later develop dementia. The second type is a mild memory disorder, known as Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI), which indicates a decrease in short-term memory and could lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s in 12% of cases.
Prof. Mizrahi describes the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, emphasizing that dementia is a decline in mental capacity that affects day-to-day functioning. He explains that dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease affects higher functions initially and progresses to impairing basic actions as it advances.
There have been concerns about President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness and whether it indicates a cognitive problem. Prof. Mizrahi, who has specialized in neurology and Alzheimer’s disease, stated that it is not possible to assess Biden’s cognitive state based solely on press conferences alone. However, he suggested that confusion with names, especially related to important topics, raises concern and may warrant further investigation into day-to-day cognitive function.
Prof. Mizrahi emphasized the importance of consulting with Biden’s family members and staff to gain insight into his cognitive function beyond confusion with names. He suggested that signs of cognitive decline in daily activities and interactions would be important to consider in an assessment of his cognitive state.
In conclusion, memory disorders can manifest in different ways and can impact individuals differently depending on their age and lifestyle factors. It is essential to seek professional help if you suspect someone you know may be experiencing memory loss or other cognitive issues.
It is also worth noting that while forgetfulness can be normal for everyone at times, persistent forgetfulness or difficulty recalling information should not be ignored.
If you are concerned about your own memory or the memory of someone you know, talk to your healthcare provider about it today.
Finally, let us remember that early detection and intervention can make all the difference when it comes to managing memory loss or other cognitive issues effectively.