10 Common Cognitive Changes When You Have Parkinson’s Disease

Approximately 50 percent of Parkinson’s disease patients will experience differences in a variety of cognitive skills and mild cognitive changes as their condition progresses. However, this doesn’t mean they have dementia, which is diagnosed when a person experiences problems with more than one cognitive area and the impairment begins to affect daily life.

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Cognitive impairment can occur due to stress, particularly if the patient feels they are a burden to their caregiver, are experiencing a decline in daily functioning, have a worsening quality of life, are dealing with rising medical costs, or are concerned about their mortality.

According to the National Parkinson Foundation, some of the common cognitive issues people living with Parkinson’s disease face include:

  • Slowness of thinking
  • Struggling to find the right words in conversations
  • Declining visual perception
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty with problem solving
  • Language problems
  • Memory problems
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of reasoning skills
  • Declining general intelligence

Some Parkinson’s disease medications can help with areas such as motivation and concentration, but there are no medications that can improve memory function.

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4 comments

  1. ensiye mohamadi says:

    Hello I’m Ensiye from Iran I have parkinson from 8 Years ago I’m 55 years old and I’m a psychologist . I haven’t feel dementia yet I read book every day

    • Dianne Roncal, DMD says:

      It is, indeed, very helpful to educate yourself and be aware of all the signs and symptoms and everything about what you’re going through.

  2. Fran Jones says:

    These symptoms are not well publicized and can impact quality of life as well as life planning strategies for families.

  3. Dawn Colledge and Rod Colledge says:

    My husband Rod is on Madopar 125 three times a day and EFEXOR- X-RAY 37. Mg once a day yet he still says he didn’t know that the sandwich in the white dish was mine even though his was in a red dish and he eats both lots sometimes I don’t seem to have any thing for myself does the medication make them want to eat every thing in site he does the same thing if I take him to a cafe for coffee and cake he just reaches over to our friends plates and helps him self

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