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Thinking and Memory

Thinking and memory issues can sometimes arise as a side effect of Parkinson’s medications. Although people often hear terms such as ‘cognitive decline’ or ‘dementia’ it is far more common for people to experience milder thinking and memory issues or changes in processing and decision making, which might come and go or vary throughout the day.

A recent survey found a range of thinking and processing changes reported by people with Parkinson’s:

Thinking and Memory:

  • Difficulty learning new things
  • Difficulty remembering/forgetfulness
  • Disturbed or muddled thinking
  • Reduced speed of recall
  • Reduced speed of thought
Processing and Decision making:

  • Difficulty multi-tasking
  • Difficulty translating thoughts into words
  • Disorganisation
  • Perceived change of risk/judgement
  • Planning and prioritising difficulties
  • Reduced attention or concentration
  • Reduced reaction time
  • Reduced ability to complete tasks





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