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Cognitive Impairment

Alternate Names : Cognitive Disorder, Cognitive Disability

Cognitive Impairment | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Cognitive impairment can occur at any age and cannot always be prevented. However, the following measures may be helpful:

  • avoiding illegal drugs
  • drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all
  • following sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults
  • obtaining prenatal care during pregnancy
  • using medicines only as directed
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    A person with cognitive impairment can often live a nearly normal life. He or she can learn ways to deal with disability and take part in many activities. He or she may become so good at this that others may not notice the impairment. Even if the impairment is severe, rehabilitation therapy can help many people learn to function independently.

    What are the risks to others?

    Cognitive impairments are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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    Cognitive Impairment: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Karen Preston, PHN, MS, CRRN
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/01

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