Early Memory Impairment


Fogginess Trouble remembering details Names/places Trouble finding words Losing train of thought Misplacing items Memory affecting work COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EARLY MEMORY LOSS* I’m just getting old I’m too young to worry about it No one will understand There’s nothing I can do about it *Early memory loss is synonymous with early memory impairment


Subjective Cognitive Impairment

  • Subjective decline in memory and functioning
  • Not confirmed by objective memory tests (ie. Mini Mental Exam, Sage Tests, etc.)
  • Healthy adults reporting SCI 4.5x more likely to progress to more advanced stages of memory loss such as MCI & Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • Subtle objective cognitive impairment
  • Measurable on objective testing
  • Deficits do not impair global cognitive function
  • Healthy adults reporting MCI 10x more likely to progress to dementia
Reisberg B. et.al, Outcome over seven years of healthy adults with and without subjective cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement, 2010 Kan;6(1);11-24 With Early Memory Impairment, cognitive decline occurs more quickly than in normal aging Golomb J. et.al, Mild cognitive impairment: historical development and summary of research. Dialogues Clin Neurosci, 2004, 6:351-64

While early memory loss is a complex condition that may be associate with many factors, a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that abnormalities in lipid metabolism, increased lipid degeneration and reduced lipid synthesis represent major modifiable factors. Other factors that may affect early memory loss include:

Age Family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s Genetics Depression Stress & Anxiety High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Atherosclerosis Diabetes Obesity Smoking

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