People with cognitive disorders experience problems with memory and thinking ability. Primary among these is Dementia – a disorder which affects the older population most. As we are all living longer, we have found that dementia rates double every 5 years over the age of 65.
Chart courtesy of The Canadian Study of Health and Aging Working Group (CSHA)
Dementia: a general term for a significant decline in mental ability, serious enough to interfere with normal activity and beyond what is normal in the aging process. It is not a disease but is a symptom of another medical condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. It can also be the result of a unique global brain injury. Most of the time it is progressive and results in long-term decline.
External Resource: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Inc.