Most of us find that our speed of thinking and ability to remember names or other facts tends to decline with advancing age. Usually this is not a sign of a serious problem, but simply a part of our body’s gradual slowing and aging. For some older persons, however, declines go beyond what may be considered "normal" and are relentlessly progressive, robbing them of their memories, intellect, and eventually their abilities to recognize spouses or children, maintain basic personal hygiene, or even utter comprehensible speech. These more serious forms of cognitive deterioration are caused by a variety of neuropathological conditions and dementing diseases. Our neuropsychologists are uniquely equipped to help you as a result of extensive training, expertise, and the use of specialized neuropsychological tests to assess changes in memory and cognitive functioning. A formal neuropsychological evaluation can help to tease apart normal age-related cognitive decline, cognitive difficulties that are depression-related, the early signs of dementia, and other related disorders. Early identification and treatment can help preserve abilities, in some cases improve memory, and help family members prepare and plan for future care.