An expert in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics from the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Prof. Eli Mizrahi explains that memory disorders come in two different forms. The first is a benign disorder known as “remembering” disorder where information is present in the brain but hard to retrieve. This type of disorder is common as people age and around one or two percent of those who experience it may later develop dementia. The second type is a mild memory disorder called Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI), which indicates a decrease in short-term memory and could lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in 12% of cases.
Prof. Mizrahi explains the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, stating that dementia is a decline in mental capacity that affects day-to-day functioning. He emphasizes that dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease affects higher functions initially and progresses to impair basic actions as it advances.
There have been concerns about President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness and whether it indicates cognitive problems. 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 suggests that confusion with names, especially related to important topics, raises concern and may warrant further investigation into his daily cognitive function.
Prof. Mizrahi emphasized the importance of consulting with Biden’s family members and staff to gain insight into his cognitive function beyond just confusion with names. He suggests that signs of cognitive decline in daily activities and interactions would be important factors to consider when assessing his cognitive state.
In conclusion, memory disorders encompass two types – benign disorders such as “remembering” disorder, which can affect up to 10% of older individuals and mild memory disorders like AAMI which can lead to more severe conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in 12% of cases respectively.
It is crucial for individuals facing any form of forgetfulness or confusion with names related to important topics should seek medical attention from experts such as geriatricians or neurologists for proper assessment.
President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness cannot be used as an absolute indicator of cognitive problems; however, it still warrants further investigation into his daily cognitive function through consultation with family members and staff before making any conclusions regarding his condition.
As people grow older, forgetfulness becomes more common; therefore, it is essential for individuals facing this problem not only seek medical attention but also adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, good sleep hygiene, stress management techniques etc., which can improve overall brain health and reduce the risk of developing age-related memory impairments or other degenerative neurological conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease later on in life.