Dementia & Cognitive Impairment

Licensed Psychologist in Asheville, NC

Man With Cognitive Impairment

Dementia & Cognitive Impairment

According to the CDC Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may begin to notice changes in cognitive functions, but still be able to do their everyday activities. Severe levels of impairment can lead to losing the ability to understand the meaning or importance of something and the ability to talk or write, resulting in the inability to live independently.

Dementia Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Genetics / Family History
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Use
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes

*Alzheimer's Association 2019

Alzheimer's Disease

  • Most Common form of dementia.
  • 5.8 Million individuals in the United States currently have Alzheimer's Disease (Expected to increase to 14 million by 2050).
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
  • 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

*Alzheimer's Association 2019

Read the New York Times article about How to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer's. Approaching from the front, using gestures more than words, non argumentative speech & more tips to communicate with your loved one.

Therapy Services

Cognitive Impairment

Trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect everyday life.

Dementia Assessment

Learn about the risk factors and warning signs of Dementia

Contact Marsha

Marsha Hammond, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist, in practice 25 years, based in Asheville, NC.

Marsha Hammond PhD, Licensed Psychologist