Prof. Eli Mizrahi, an expert in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics at the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, explains that memory disorders include two different types of disorders. The first type is a benign disorder, known as a ‘memory’ disorder, where information is present in the brain but difficult to retrieve. This disorder is common as people age, and about one or two percent of those who experience it may later develop dementia. Another type is a mild memory disorder, known as age-related memory impairment, which indicates a decrease in short-term memory and can lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in 12% of cases.

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

Concerns have been raised about President Joe Biden’s forgetfulness and whether it indicates a cognitive problem. Professor Mizrahi, who specializes in neurology and Alzheimer’s disease, said it was not possible to judge Biden’s cognitive state based on press conferences alone. However, he suggested that confusion with names, especially related to important topics, is a concern and may warrant further investigation into everyday cognitive functions.

Professor Mizrahi emphasized the importance of consulting with members of Biden’s family and staff to gain insight into his cognitive function. He suggested that aside from confusion with names, it would be important to consider signs of cognitive decline in daily activities and interactions in assessing his cognitive state.

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