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Unraveling Memory Disorders: A Closer Look at Dementia, Alzheimer’s and President Biden’s Forgetfulness


Feb 12, 2024
Joe Biden’s Forgetfulness: What Does It Indicate?

Prof. Eli Mizrahi, a geriatrics and psychogeriatrics expert from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine, explains that memory disorders encompass two different types of disorders. The first type is a benign disorder known as a ‘remembering’ disorder, where the information is present in the brain but difficult to retrieve. This disorder is common in older adults, with around one or two percent of those who experience it eventually developing dementia. The second type is a mild memory disorder known as Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI), which involves a decrease in short-term memory and could lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s in 12% of cases.

Prof. Mizrahi highlights the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, explaining that dementia is a decline in mental capacity that affects daily functioning. He notes that dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease initially affects higher functions and progresses to impair basic actions as it advances.

There have been concerns about President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness and whether it indicates a cognitive problem. Prof. Mizrahi, who has specialized in neurology and Alzheimer’s, stated that it is not possible to assess Biden’s cognitive state based on press conferences alone. However, he suggested that confusion with names, especially related to important topics, raises concern and may warrant further investigation into day-to-day cognitive function.

Prof. Mizrahi emphasizes the importance of consulting with Biden’s family members and staff to gain insight into his cognitive function. He suggests that beyond confusion with names, signs of cognitive decline in daily activities and interactions would be important to consider in an assessment of his cognitive state.

In summary, memory disorders can be divided into two types: benign disorders such as remembering disorders and mild memory disorders like Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI). Dementia is a decline in mental capacity affecting day-to-day functioning while Alzheimer’s disease initially affects higher functions before progressing to impair basic actions. While President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness may not necessarily indicate a cognitive problem, confusion with names related to important topics raises concern and further investigation into day-to-day cognitive function may be necessary. Consulting with family members and staff can provide valuable insights into an individual’s cognitive state when assessing their condition.

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