Another of the most common geriatric problems is cognitive impairment, though in many cases, the symptoms are minor. Unfortunately, in many cases, these cognitive issues are only the beginning. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of dementia are chronic disorders with no cure. Strokes and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are also possible causes of cognitive decline. Though it’s possible to reduce or slow the progression of these symptoms, the damage is often never repaired.
Individuals may experience concentration issues, forgetfulness, confusion, mood changes, and difficulty speaking.
Such concerns have various causes, including medication side effects, medical conditions, depression, or lifestyle choices. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms can improve or disappear altogether.