What is Cognitive Decline?
Cognitive decline is a deterioration in cognitive function. There is a normal process of age related cognitive decline across the life-span characterised by increasing difficulties with memory (new learning) speed of infomation processing, language and other cognitive functions. This normal process of age related decline is often termed primary ageing.
Secondary ageing is the rapid deterioration in function due to a pathological process such as dementia, stroke or acquired brain injury.