Memory Loss: Normal Aging or Dementia?

As people age, most do experience some degree of memory loss.  

Research has shown that brain volume and cognitive abilities peak in the 20’s, and then begin to gradually decline. It is normal for people to experience change in memory over their lifetime, with more decline as a person ages. Common cognitive changes include loss in ability to multitask or in remembering new information, like the name of a person or place.

These memory slips usually aren’t a cause for concern or are not necessarily a sign of dementia, which refers to cognitive decline that’s severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.  

However, at times it can be difficult to determine if what you are experiencing is memory impairment beyond what is expected in normal, healthy brain aging. Not sure if your cognitive changes are normal or if they are a sign of something more?

Join the program on June 18 at 11 am to begin to understand the difference between normal aging memory loss and memory loss due to dementia.  

The presenter is Dr. Michelle Papka, the Director and Michelle Papka, Ph.D., is the Director and Founder of CRCNJ.  She began her career at the University of Rochester Medical Center as the Neuropsychologist of an NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  She later moved back to New Jersey and co-directed the Cognitive and Memory Disorders Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.  From there, Dr. Papka formed her private practice, maintaining an affiliation with the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychiatry at Overlook Medical Center.  Dr. Papka has nearly 25 years combined experience as a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. She practices as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and researcher, serving as the Principal Investigator on over 20 recent clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, memory impairment, or Mild Cognitive Impairment. Dr. Papka has had numerous publications of her work and is an active public speaker, invited editor, grant reviewer, consultant, and committee member of multiple specialized organizations and publications in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.

In this session Dr Papka will not only cover how to differentiate between the two kinds of memory losses, but also incorporate new findings in the field of dementia, and share what lifestyle changes can be made to improve memory.

The program is free and open to all but requires registration.  Register via the library calendar at www.livingstonlibrary.org or call 973 992 4600.

 

Tue, June 18
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 06/18/2019 11:00am 06/18/2019 12:00pm America/New_York Memory Loss: Normal Aging or Dementia?

As people age, most do experience some degree of memory loss.

Research has shown that brain volume and cognitive abilities peak in the 20’s, and then begin to gradually decline. It is normal for people to experience change in memory over their lifetime, with more decline as a person ages. Common cognitive changes include loss in ability to multitask or in remembering new information, ...

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