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Learning About Memory and Cognitive Disorders

Disease education is an important part of the treatment process at Atlantic Health System Neuroscience's Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program.

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View a list of memory loss questions that can help determine if a professional evaluation may be necessary >

Learn about some of the more common memory and neurodegenerative disorders:

Mild cognitive impairment (memory loss) symptoms

  • Changes in memory that do not interfere with daily life
  • Difficulty with problem solving or planning
  • Changes in language and attention

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Alzheimer’s disease symptoms:

  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Changes in memory that affect daily life
  • Confusion with time, place or navigation
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks

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Dementia with lewy bodies symptoms:

  • Changes in cognition and attention
  • Difficulty walking or moving more slowly or stiffly
  • Trouble with sleep
  • Visual hallucinations

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Frontotemporal dementia symptoms:

  • Changes in personality, behavior or  judgment
  • Lack of interest or drive
  • Language or movement problems may develop later

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Primary progressive aphasia

  • Difficultly in communication
  • Changes in speech and language
  • Difficultly with reading or writing
  • Memory loss occurs later

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Normal pressure hydrocephalus symptoms:

  • Changes in gait and balance
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Mild cognitive changes

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Vascular disease dementia

  • Impaired judgement and decision making
  • Decreased attention
  • Changes in speech
  • Memory is relatively spared

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Overlook Medical Center

Physician services for memory and cognitive disorders are also available at Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center. Find an Atlantic Health System doctor >