Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday
life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may begin to notice changes in cognitive functions, but still
be able to do their everyday activities.
Dementia is the term used for a group of symptoms that can include anything from loss of memory to difficulty forming a new memory, learning disabilities, or being easily confused. It is not one specific disease, but a term given to a decline in mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life activities. This can look like forgetting to take medication, missing appointments, repeatedly losing a purse or wallet, forgetting to pay bills, and more. Symptoms usually start mildly and become progressively worse with time.