HEALTHY AGING / HEALTHY BRAIN

COGNITIVE DECLINE

An older couple smiling at one an another, one of them seated in a wheelchair.

Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) is the self reported experience of worsening or more frequent confusion or memory loss. It is a form of cognitive impairment and one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. SCD can have implications for living with and managing chronic disease, or performing everyday activities like cooking or cleaning. Because SCD is self-reported, it does not imply a diagnosis of cognitive decline by a health care professional.

NACDD and CDC collaborated to develop a series of Healthy Aging Briefs that examine several aspects of healthy aging: caregiving for family and friends, subjective cognitive decline, and coronary heart disease and stroke.