Cognitive impairment can have devastating effects on a person's emotional and physical well-being. It is important to understand what cognitive problems are, how they can be treated and how to cope with them in order to learn to live with this type of impairment.
Some of the most common signs of cognitive disorder include: Confusion; Poor motor coordination; Loss of short-term or long-term memory; Identity confusion; Impaired judgment; Some cognitive disorders develop in stages and symptoms increase in severity the further the disease progresses.
With age, these memory lapses become more common. But a sharp decline in short-term memory could be more than normal "forgetfulness." It could be a symptom of a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). People with MCI tend to retain critical thinking and reasoning skills but experience a significant short-term memory loss.