Cognitive Decline

Last Updated: August 17, 2020

Definition - What does Cognitive Decline mean?

Cognitive decline is the gradual deterioration of mental faculties due to a neurological and/or psychological disturbance such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, or substance abuse. Cognitive issues can stem from different factors including environmental circumstances, genetic traits, and/or hormonal changes. People can experience varying symptoms including memory lapses, poor judgment, lack of focus, volatile behavior, and general confusion.

WorkplaceTesting explains Cognitive Decline

The consequences of cognitive decline carry significant health and safety risks for employers where job performance skills requiring mental acuity, careful analysis, articulate communication and firm decision-making are an essential function. Although an upsurge of individuals working later into life exists, many employers contend with financial setbacks as cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in employees become more common. Consequently, many people consult a doctor for medical treatment that often entails prescribed medication as a means to alleviate persistent symptoms.

While prescriptions are beneficial per doctor’s instructions, cognitive decline often leads to depression, causing individuals to engage in addictive habits influencing the biochemical integrity of the brain. Employers are responsible for identifying signs of cognitive decline based on telltale factors that indicate chemical dependency issues or if an applicant and/or employee is a potential candidate for a neurological disorder. Early intervention can avoid future economic setbacks where individuals with progressive cognitive decline pose liability risks with marked oversights in following health and safety protocol.

Cognitive decline can affect both a young and old demographic, and it is essential that a physician, neurologist, psychiatrist, or other qualified specialist diagnoses the issue at hand and renders proper medical care.

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